"My Mother is bed blocking through no fault of her own"
About: East Surrey Hospital / Accident and emergency East Surrey Hospital Accident and emergency RH1 5RH East Surrey Hospital / General medicine East Surrey Hospital General medicine RH1 5RH West Sussex West Sussex
Posted by cfry (as ),
I would first of all like to say that you have amazing staff from the cleaner up to the nurse. I do not have an issue with how under extreme circumstances they all manage to provide a service to the best of their ability with the tools they have been given.
My mother came in after a serious fall at home on in mid-March 2015. My mother and I spent the night in A&E as there was a 16 hour wait for a bed. My mother was then transferred to the Medical Escalation Ward, which I understand is not a Ward, but the old day care centre. This was due to the fact that there were not any beds available in the hospital.
The Duty Social Worker became involved to ensure that my mother went home with some sort of Care Package in place. This is to reduce the risk of further falls and in the long run will cut down how many times my mother would be admitted to hospital.
My Mother was then transferred to the Discharge lounge a week or so later. This was exciting for my mother as she had been diagnosed as medically fit and therefore is ready to go home.
This is where it has all gone dreadfully wrong. The Duty Social Worker tried to put in place the RISS team at home for my mother, they declined. The Duty Social Worker then tried a referral to Medicare, they declined. My Mother spent two days in the Discharge lounge. The Duty Social Worker tried to think out side of the box and went to the Commissioner to ask if she could put a Care Package in place through funding from West Sussex County Council and she sourced a care agency where my mother lives (Hayward's Heath). This meant my mother could have gone home as carers would be in place at home.
The Duty Social Worker was informed that she could not use this process as she is Duty Social worker who deals with short term, as in putting RISS Team in place and that the only way a permanent care package could be put in place is by the Community Social Worker as it is a long term process.
Instead of my mother going home she has now been moved back to the Medical Escalation Ward.
My Mother Currently is still on the Medical Escalation Ward and to be honest is very upset and is becoming depressed. My Mother just wants to go home. My Mother is a very independent lady and over the last 30 years has gone to hell and back. She is disabled through a brain tumour and broken back, arthritis, osteoporosis. She is only 67 years old and to have to go through this is terrible for her.
The reason she ended up at East Surrey Hospital and not one in her own area is because Princess Royal declined her and she refused to go to Brighton Hospital because of the treatment she was given 7 years ago when she broke her back. She is frightened of the staff at Brighton hospital and I really can not blame her.
My Mother due to her disability would not be able to type or write to be able to put down on paper what she feels, so as her daughter I am her advocate. I would really like some feedback and from there we will be able to decide what we can do to stop this situation happening to any one else.