"My sister's care"
About: Pendle Community Hospital Pendle Community Hospital Nelson BB9 9SZ
I am a senior GP living 100 miles away. My sister has mental health issues and was admitted for rehabilitation to Reedy ford Ward after many weeks in a DGH in the Trust where her physical health was put in jeopardy as a result of failure to make an appropriate diagnosis in a reasonable time and failure to make the correct diagnosis . There is a negative feel about the Hospital - inadequate parking and a likelihood that staff take spaces meant for visitors . No-one at reception to great and direct. No smiles no indication that this is a facility to encourage progress. On every occasion we have visited , my husband ,a retired GP, and myself had to ask to speak to nursing staff. They are not pro-active and keep themselves away and hidden-surely rehabilitation involves the relatives as well as the patient.... Today my husband approached a middle aged female physiotherapist who has been involved in my sister's care , she stated that my sister had failed to engage with physiotherapy treatment . We explained that my sister had been an in-patient elsewhere for 14 weeks and that she had chronic mental health issues. She was more interested in making notes about other patients and said she had to rush off to see another Ward. When I said that I was a doctor she stated that she could not force someone to co-operate and that her ''notes'' about uncooperativeness were paramount . We are horrified at this person she should have skills to encourage rehabilitation in all cases. When she left us she deliberately failed to make eye contact with me and we left feeling tearful and angry thus prompting this report! Why do staff not smile here? Fortunately I live in a part of the UK where standards are high . My husband and I together have given 70 years to the NHS -surely our family deserve more professional care and courtesy !- We are unsure if we can bring ourselves to visit this Hospital again!