"excellent care on the Acute Medical Ward"
About: St Richard's Hospital St Richard's Hospital PO19 6SE
I am very appreciative of the staff there who showed my husband and me not only compassion, but also genuine regard and respect for who we are as people facing challenging care issues and difficult decisions. While I was on the ward, I overheard staff discussing a disappointing encounter with a Care Quality Commission inspection team that had taken place shortly before our arrival. The feedback from the CQC pertained to dress code – wrong color shoes, a forgotten necklace that was visible – with no recognition of the quality of care the staff delivers day in and day out. As a former management consultant, I can understand that rules like dress codes help keep a kind of order that is useful across a large organization, and it is important to have ways to measure performance. However, I can’t say that how these fine people were dressed ever entered my consciousness as they supported my husband and me through his illness. And I hate to think that their good work is encumbered by negative feedback that has no relevance to quality of care. Many others came to help as needed, and I appreciate them all. While offering me reassurance, they got my husband well enough to come home. I am very grateful.