"Heart Care in elderly"
About: Princess Royal University Hospital (Orpington) Princess Royal University Hospital (Orpington) Orpington BR6 8ND
I am writing for my mother who was in the PRUH for a fortnight after an emergency admission on 13th November.
She was misdiagnosed with the problem that caused her to be admitted, but whilst there she suffered what we believe to be a heart attack.
We were never told this was the problem, and she was set to be discharged from the hospital on the 19th November, before the cardiac team kept her in and moved her to the cardiac ward.
The consultants and their teams have been very kind and caring in most cases. but we did find one doctor extremely unpleasant and who totally misdiagnosed my mother's problems and accused her of being a smoker.
My mother has never smoked.
She was seen by other doctors who are now planning further tests with a view to performing a heart valve replacement by a TAVI.
The nursing and auxiliary staff were all caring and kind, but the communication between teams and the coordination was very poor, with a constant need to remind the staff present of what we had already told the previous person.