"Experience in Ward 23"
About: Leicester General Hospital Leicester General Hospital Leicester LE5 4PW
Posted by Roy
Since my last review I have been admitted for a laser prostate operation which commenced on admission day in Ward 20. After recovery I was moved to ward 23, that was a Friday evening. during Saturday I learnt that ward 23 closes at the weekend to be reopened on a Monday. Saturday followed a fairly normal routine and was told the large 3way catheter would be removed early Sunday morning, which in fact it was, Sunday was noticeable for a lack of staff and movement of patients home or to other wards. The ward seemed to be run by a staff nurse who did an immense job getting people moved and looking after patients at the same time, after an hour or two I was in pain after failing to pass urine and so he said I would have to be recatheterised, which he did attempt but failed and said I would need a doctor with camera and guide wire, so I had to wait quite a long time more still in pain until finally the doctor arrived. Then I was told as I was bleeding I could not go home and would be transferred to ward 26. I think I was the last person left on ward 23. It seems to me and awful waste of labour and resources closing a ward which was only by now only for a few hours. Roy Tatman, Markfield.