"Discharge of confused, elderly lady"
About: Ayr Hospital / Geriatric Assessment Ayr Hospital Geriatric Assessment KA6 6DX
Posted by Ayrshire relative (as ),
My aunt, then 88 years old, was discharged from a 3 week admission to Ayr Hospital in a manner which I felt to be at best inappropriate and in the worst case potentially very dangerous.
At the time of discharge the family felt that she was in a confused state, and not safe to be sent home, where she lived alone. The nursing/medical team denied any confusion and the discharge went ahead. She was sent home with (literally) a carrier bag full of medication and a ream of paperwork containing in very small type a very complicated list of the names of those medications she had been discharged with, alongside the dose and frequency with which to take them.
Thankfully she had family there to help her decipher this and sort her tablets out until a dosette box could be arranged from the local pharmacy. Had this not been the case she would have had absolutely no idea what tablets to take at any given time, and given her confused state, would have struggled to know which she had already taken.
This was in no way patient-centred - even without the added complication of her confusion, the extremely small font used in the paperwork, and the complex dosage instructions were not tailored for use by an elderly person. I find it preposterous that she was left to 'go it alone' in this way.
Sadly she is no longer with us, this incident happened around 18 months ago, but I am only now aware of this site as a place to air my concerns. My hope is that by sharing this information maybe someone else can be spared a similar experience.