"My dads admission to the QEU hospital."
About: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow / General medicine Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow General medicine Glasgow G51 4TF
Posted by triciag2401 (as ),
He was admitted by ambulance via his GP from the care home he lives in.
He was acutely unwell with abdominal pain, incontinent, vomiting, unable to mobilise and difficulty rousing him.
His admission into acute receiving went smoothly with no waiting time to get a cubicle.
All tests were done quickly with no waiting time and he was moved that evening to ARU 5. I was kept very well informed throughout his initial time in ARU from the medical and nursing staff.
Unfortunately he fell out of bed whilst in ARU 5 but it is obviously impossible for the nursing staff to watch patients all the time given that all the rooms are single rooms.
I feel that the single rooms are a major negative design point more particularly for the elderly patients who may feel very isolated.
My father especially as he has dementia found it very isolating and would have benefitted greatly from being in a 4 bedded room.
He was moved to ward 8a where he was extremely well cared for by the medicial staff and nurses. He was always clean and shaved and his room was spotless. I was always able to speak to staff on the phone and they were well informed about the current state of my dad.
The only area of the hospital that was particularly dirty was the main corridor from the ARU back door through to the atrium. On one occasion I counted 13 cigarette butts on the floor and various dried in spillages. Also I thought the fact that patients openly smoke at that door is totally unacceptable.