"Impressed with patience shown to confused patients "

About: Westmorland General Hospital / Urology

(as a carer),

As the carer of a husband who has suffered vascular dementia for 11 years I appreciate how difficult it is to get a response when trying to diagnose whether he is comfortable, thirsty, hungry, needing to visit the lavatory etc. I visited everyday for two weeks and was impressed by the patience shown to some of the more confused patients, by all the staff. As far as my husbands case was concerned, he was admitted with a stubborn urine infection, and the hospital was informed that he had scarcely eaten for 8 days and was not drinking either. I was surprised that a food intake chart was only begun 4 or 5 days into his stay. Nevertheless, I was (am) grateful that it was started and very happy to be taking him home. In future I will be keeping a note of his liquid intake. Your care of him made it possible for me to recharge my batteries and appreciate that “my lot” could be much worse! I was very stressed!

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Response from Graeme Nicholson

Thank you for your posting. I am very grateful to you for taking the time to feedback your experience.

I was very pleased to read your supportive comments about the care given to your husband and other patients whilst on the Langdale Unit. I take your point about the delay in starting a food chart and I will ask the team to explore this further with a view to ensuring food charts are started in a timely manner for all relevant patients.

I will take great pleasure in feeding back your comments to all members of the team.

Thank you again for your supportive feedback.

Best wishes,


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