"Lack of discharge information at Tameside General Hospital"
About: Tameside General Hospital / Older people's healthcare Tameside General Hospital Older people's healthcare
Posted by MHFP016 (as ),
I was firstly admitted to the medical admissions unit after a collapse and then sent to Ward 43 with a possible irregular heart beat.
I was discharged one morning from Ward 43 with no prior warning, and no consultation with my 84 year old husband as to whether he was prepared. I am upset over this poor liaison. The hospital phoned him to tell him to collect me and left a message on the answer phone as he was out.
In the afternoon he came to visit at the hospital to find me waiting to be taken home in the draughty waiting room where I had been left without support and information. The discharge process needed to have more warning and communication for my husband.
The day after discharge I experienced a serious stomach virus which my GP thinks I picked up in hospital. My husband then caught the virus, and this precipitated a crisis for our care. We required emergency assistance from social services and home visits from the GP. This left us in a worse state than before my hospital admission.
My discharge prescription was handwritten and a carbon copy. It wasn't clear to read or to understand the dose to take. No explanation of why the GP's prescription had been changed. I am still waiting for the discharge letter so neither I nor my GP have any information about the diagnosis of my collapse or the tests done in hospital.
I was also given a follow up appointment that was a different time than that booked with my GP, consequently I missed the appointment.
My dentures were also lost in hospital and have not been returned to me.