"Poor staff attitude towards some patients"
About: Newham General Hospital Newham General Hospital E13 8SL
Posted by Anonymous
When I visited Newham Hospital I was treated fairly well.
However my concern is about the way I witnessed a couple of patients who clearly didn't have English as their first language being treated rather abruptly and rudely by one of the admin staff. One patient had difficulty understanding instructions he was being given but the staff member just started speaking louder and louder at him. They did not modify their language and did not help him at all make a phone call to his GP to get some information they needed from him. Later I overheard them say to a colleague " well it's not my job to do that". They sent the patient away and then turned to me (I was sitting near the area) and said " Oh that was hard work". I did not want to be rude so I just looked away. I think they thought because I was a native English speaker I would agree. Later two other patients came in. One was a white English speaking man who they treated very courteously. The other was an Asian woman and her daughter who they treated like they did not understand and their manner was again quite abrupt and unhelpful with them.
I find this behaviour unacceptable, even though it was not directed at me. I am unhappy to see some patients treated in this way and I hope the hospital at least run compulsory staff training sessions on how to communictate better with all patients and stamp out any prejudiced views.