"Mobile phones should be banned from wards!"
About: Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital / Cardiology Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital Cardiology L14 3PE
Posted by Rocket417 (as ),
In September 2008 following surgery for an ICD implant I was admitted to ward A where I expected to rest/recover. In the ward there was no TV and it was also being watched by selfish patients late at night and also in the early hours of the morning ward staff did nothing about this. If that wasn’t bad enough three patients had mobile phones and used them throughout the day and late into the night. Again ward staff did nothing about this. Needless to write I got very little sleep and felt very stressed which did nothing to aid my post-op recovery. In May 2009, I attended an ultrasound department for a scan on my heart to check the ICD implant. Whilst sitting in the waiting room a male patient arrived for his appointment, sat next to me and promptly got out his mobile phone connected the ear phones and proceeded to use the phone and also listen to music. This could be heard by other patients due to the high volume, but again nothing was done by the staff about this. The action of these selfish and mannered patients is disgraceful and shows no thought to the wellbeing of other poorly people. If one is in hospital then you are there due to illness and therefore do not need a mobile phone. If a phone is required there are trolley phones which can be brought to the bedside or if possible the ward phone can be used if urgent. TV sets should be in the day room not one the wards to ensure peace, quiet and rest. Mobile phones and personal stereos should be banned in all hospitals in order to ensure rest for poorly patients and protect their vulnerability.