"Staff did not understand the importance of Parkinson’s medication"

About: University Hospital (Coventry) / Neurology

(as the patient),

Whilst I was in the University Hospital Coventry, I got my Parkinson’s medication sometimes on time. I felt that staff did not understand the importance of Parkinson’s medication at all. I had to keep asking but still I was not given it until three days after the heart-by-pass. Then they did not contact the Parkinson’s consultant but their own doctor practitioner. Therefore, by the end of the third day I was unable to walk unaided and co-ordination in hands was very poor (had been fine before), which again then did not did not connect with the lack of Parkinson’s tablets. I was not allowed to manage my own medication in hospital. I think more co-operation between departments e.g. cardiac and neurology is needed with someone in each area/department of medicine in the hospital being trained in the importance of tablets taken on time for Parkinson’s disease.

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Response from University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

As we do not have your name or details we have been unable to look into the detail of the concerns you raised. However, I can confirm that in Cardiac Services it is clinical practise that patients’ illnesses and medications are checked every day and medications are re-introduced as soon as the patient is able to eat and drink post surgery. It is of concern to the management team that this did not happen on this occasion. We have raised the issue at our departmental meeting and have reiterated to the medical teams the importance of medication checks to be undertaken daily. We apologise for any stress or discomfort that this experience caused you.

Cardiac Services Directorate

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