"Having worked in public services ..."
About: Morpeth Cottage Hospital Morpeth Cottage Hospital Morpeth NE61 2BT
What could be improved
Having worked in public services myself for many years, I understand the pressure placed upon staff by the constant drive to hit targets and manage resources. That said, I wonder at what point do staff become so demoralised that they forget about what should lie at the heart of patient care, treating individuals with dignity and respect. I recently had cause to ask the staff about my fathers care and I was met with a response which could be at best described as 'dismissive' and at worst, with contempt. The sister on the ward appeared to have neither the time or the inclination to talk to us as a family, to the point where we were considering discharging my father rather than leaving him on the ward. We are not unreasonable people, we dont ask for anything more than common courtsey and respect. We dont expect to be 'spoken to' by staff but we do expect to be 'spoken with'. We dont expect to be patronised but we do expect to have issues explained to us in a clear and coherent manner. I and my family are deeply sadenned by our experience at Morpeth Cottage Hospital. The illness of a loved one is difficult enough without being made to feel like a liability and a time waster.