"Newspapers within wards"
About: Queen Margaret Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics Queen Margaret Hospital Trauma & orthopaedics KY12 0SU
Posted by Sensible thinker (as ),
My Mother has been an in-patient on the medical rehabilitation ward within Queen Margaret Hospital in Dunfermline for the past 4weeks with no discharge plan discussed as yet.
As an 81 year old woman she would read the newspaper daily at home so when she was transferred to this ward I asked if she could access a newspaper from a trolley service- the staff informed me that since the hospital now had so few patients due to the upgrade of VHK there no longer was a trolley service and hadn't been for 2 years.
They agreed with me that generally older patients would/do read newspapers but it wasn't profitable in their opinion for a service for patients in QMH and this they felt was the reason it didn't happen. I suggested that if patients were being rehabilitated a newspaper would keep them informed of events outside the bay they were sitting in and help orientate them to dates and time passing. The nearest place to buy a paper is at a local shop out with the hospital.