"Discharging patients needs to be done properly."
About: Salisbury District Hospital Salisbury District Hospital
My father in law was taken into A&E just over a week ago and then warded into Whiteparish Ward at Salisbury District Hospital. The care that he received was very good, even though the nurses and doctors were giving different information to the family and the patient. We were under the impression that he would not be coming out until Tuesday or Wednesday next week (8/9 May). I have just received a phone call from his neighbour saying that he had been dropped off outside his house without any warning to his wife. Unfortunately, his wife is out and the neighbour has been good enough to take him in and look after him until his wife gets back. This happened the last time that he was in the hospital. He is not a well man and to be discharged and dropped off outside his house with no notice to his wife is downright disgusting. The man is 76 years old. To be brutally honest, I should have expected this because it often seems to me that at a Bank Holiday weekend the "walking wounded" patients are discharged as the hospitals don't really like to have patients in the wards over this period.
I phoned my husband to tell him and he was, quite rightly, very distressed. My mother in law will be very very upset that this has happened. She is 81 and not very well herself.
The ward should have made sure that his wife was home (she very rarely goes out anyway) to receive him.
I do wonder how many times this does happen. I hope that he does not fall ill again.