"I am so angry and disgusted at the way this lady was treated"
About: Gosport War Memorial Hospital Gosport War Memorial Hospital PO12 3PW
Posted by Respectyourelders (as ),
I had an appointment at Outpatients in Gosport Memorial Hospital. As I entered the hospital from the large car park side of the hospital I saw a rather frail looking elderly woman being pushed in a wheelchair by a staff member in what I believe was a green uniform. It was very early morning and very cold. This dear old lady, was in flimsy pyjamas, had on a pair of slippers (no socks) and had a small flimsy blanket over her shoulders. Her pyjama bottoms were halfway up her shins. She looked frozen. I was quite shocked & upset to see her in such a state & asked her if she was cold, she seemed slightly deaf, then said its cold. The person pushing the wheelchair said she was waiting for an an ambulance. I mentioned that it was very cold outside and hadn't she anything warmer for her. I was told again in no uncertain terms, that they were waiting for an ambulance. The sliding doors were in constant use and cold air was coming in. I said to the staff member pushing the chair I can't believe you are going to take her out in the cold like that. I received no reply. I couldn't see any other member of staff and went to look for someone. But when I did return to complain further, the member of staff with and the dear old lady had gone. It was very upsetting to see what I believe to be negligence and total lack of concern by the staff member who was supposed to be caring for this dear lady. It has really upset me. I myself had parked just outside and felt the cold even though I was wearing a coat. I am so angry and disgusted at the way this lady was treated. I am half tempted to go to the ward tonight to see if her family might be visiting. Elderly people should be well covered up when they are taken through the hospital corridors and especially if they are going outside, even if it is warm. They are to frail to keep themselves warm. She didn't even have a dressing gown on.