"Being admitted to the assessment ..."

About: Furness General Hospital

(as the patient),

What I liked

Being admitted to the assessment unit was a fairly ok experience. I was treated for a suspected clot but as i am a methadone user started to get the withering looks and one nurse said a cheery goodbye to everyone apart from me who got a dirty look.

What could be improved

I was told to return at 11 am the next day for another injection of a clot buster. I duly attended and at 3pm asked if i had to wait any longer as i had been there 4 hours when i expected to have an injection and go fairly quickly. I was then seen by a very fair police officer who was called for as far as i can see because i asked a question!

Anything else?

I was told i would be rang to tell me to come for a scan this morning...i am waiting but i do not think they will ring. As a methadone user i am constantly looked down upon by certain nurses and i am not the only one to experience this! I do not use street drugs only painkillers prescribed for me and i do not understand this attitude. In the past i have had to go to manchester general hospital for treatment as their attitude to drug users is very professional.

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Response from Furness General Hospital

Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. We are very sorry that your experience at Furness General Hospital was not a positive one. If you wish to discuss this further with us, we would be happy to do so. You can call our confidential Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01539 795 497 or write to our Chief Executive, Tony Halsall, at: Trust Headquarters, Westmorland General Hospital, Burton Road, Kendal, LA9 7RG.

The Customer Care department can also be contacted at the address indicated above or by ringing 01539 795 332. More information can be found on our website: http://www.uhmb.nhs.uk

We place great value in the fact that local people continue to choose our hospitals and we openly encourage patients and visitors to give us their feedback. This will enable us to continually improve the services we offer and the experience our patients have whilst in our hospitals. A copy of your comments have been passed onto our Director of Nursing and Modernisation.

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