"My beloved uncle's deteriorating condition"
About: Drumchapel Hospital / Geriatric Assessment Drumchapel Hospital Geriatric Assessment G15 6PX
Posted by julie1993 (as ),
My 90yr old uncle was transferred to Drumchapel hospital from Gartnavel. I have cared for him for over7 yrs. He had a recent history of falls and ischaemia of his left foot. On transfer he was eating independently, he was lucid and mobilising with a zimmer. He was transferred on a Thursday after 8pm. Far too late for transfer of an elderly patient
From then on his condition deteriorated dramatically. He was never allowed out of bed, his pain control was mismanaged and I had to watch the slow and painful death of my uncle.
I had to ask repeatedly for mouth care to be carried out. His mouth was filthy and bone dry. He never had water by his bedside. All the patients were fed in bed therefore all were likely to develop aspiration pneumonia. I never saw anyone given any rehab.
When my Uncle arrived on the ward he said to me 'is this a dying ward?' Three days before his death I insisted he had a syringe driver as he was in so much pain. After this the nurses were very attentive.
However immediate action needs to be taken to improve the care, leadership is weak. I heard one sister shouting to the HCA, ' shut that door he is doing my head in'. She was referring to an elderly patient who was shouting due to dementia, he was in a side room.
I also went in one day to find my uncle climbing out of bed, in a state of undress with no covers and extremely distressed in full view of the nursing staff who were all on their mobile phones. I did get an apology from the ward sister who stated that I had just come in at the wrong time! Another day I was looking for a nurse but couldn't find anyone in the male or female ward. As I walked out I found them all in the coffee room outside the ward, this included Senior Nurses.
There is also a lack of clinicians: the Consultant only visits once a week and there seemed to be no medical staff at the weekend.
I will ensure that my parents are not admitted to this hospital. This does not reflect the Scottish Governments' patient-centred policies.