"Constant battle with bad / very unsatisfactoy..."
About: City Hospital (Birmingham) City Hospital (Birmingham) Birmingham B18 7QH
From start to finish, City Hospital's admin function was a real problem. I ended up having to complain to PALS re four different issues caused by admin staff there. The problems still weren't satisfactorily resolved. A separate issue re this hospital's Medical Records Dept is still on-going. I eventually did get to see a consultant, but this was despite (not because of) the admin side. On the day of my appointment (two had previously been given, but were wrong for reasons caused by the admin side), it was hot and I enquired as to whether any water was available. Every single drinking tap was out-of-order and no drinking cups were available. I asked a receptionist if they could help - they said it was their first day and that they didn't know where anything was. As the receptionist didn't bother to ask a colleague, I approached a passing nurse. The receptionist clearly hadn't been given any orientation, as they also had no idea as to where the WCs were and they had no list of patient appointments for the day. Total nightmare!!! I didn't want to be referred to City Hospital in the first place (due to negative things I'd heard), and it lived up to its very poor reputation. Wild horses wouldn't drag me there again. By the way, I worked as a manager in the NHS for five years - if any of these had been my staff, believe me that procedures would have been enacted to improve the abysmal lack of service / aggressive attitude of those I encountered.