"Traumatised by my experience in Fordingbridge..."
About: Fordingbridge Hospital Fordingbridge Hospital SP6 1JD
Posted by Tony Green
Apart from 2 or 3 nurses a sister and a caring porter there was a total lack of good caring nursing. After 3 weeks in Fordingbridge I discharged myself and came home traumatised from my experience. After 3 weeks in Southampton General I was promised intensive physio if I went to Fordingbridge - in 3 weeks I received about 20 minutes of physio altogether. One of the physios even told me I would never walk again! Even if this was true, and she didn't know if it was, she should never have told me like that. They said they only had 2 physios for 20 patients so not to expect much physio. I was told that Fordingbridge was for rehab and all they had to see that we got up for meals and washed and dressed. I spoke to a patient who had been in there for 20 weeks and one who had been in there for 16 weeks! One male nurse regularly woke me by grabbing my arm at 6 am to put a BP cuff on and stuck a thermometer in my ear then dropped my arm back on the bed without a word. On more than one occasion the late shift gathered at the end of my bed after we had been settled down for the night and had a noisy discussions about hospital procedure and staffing arrangements and whether they should change jobs. I know it was more difficult for me because I couldn't see, but I didn't feel I was given the reassurance that would have made all the difference.