"The end of my father in law's life"
About: Castle Hill Hospital / General surgery Castle Hill Hospital General surgery HU16 5JQ
Posted by stormbringer (as ),
My father in law was admitted to castle hill hospital. He was terminally ill and had not long to live. He was admitted to a busy surgical ward that seemed to have no idea how to treat him correctly. The staff appeared indifferent to his needs and the specialist nurse did not always return calls. It seemed to me that the criteria for dying with dignity only applied if a person was experiencing acute pain. Only his partner was alerted to the fact that he had taken a turn for the worse, and he died alone shoved away in a side room.
This hospital had only weeks before opened a purpose built multi million pound oncology unit and yet this gentle, proud, and dignified man's needs were not met. I have nursed for almost 30 years myself and the day I lose compassion for my patients will be the day I quit nursing. I feel there is no excuse for such apparently shambolic treatment and despite shouting hard and long still nothing was done to ease his passing.