"End of life care February 2016"
About: North Tyneside General Hospital North Tyneside General Hospital North Shields NE29 8NH
Posted by Steve Blackwell
I am writing this review as a means of thanking all the staff concerned whilst my father was a Patient on Ward 5 at Rake Lane Hospital. My 90 year old Father was admitted earlier this month with a condition which gradually worsened and it became apparent that he was in fact seriously ill. This was confirmed by the Consultant for Geriatric Health Care who spoke to our family in a quiet room and basically explained what was happening and what my Father's options were. This was explained with sincerity and compassion and although a shock at the time it made us aware of the seriousness of my Father's condition. As my father lost the ability to look after himself, he was attended to by the nursing staff who treat him with warmth,humour and affection.
As Dad's condition further deteriorated, we were spoken to again by the consultant, who very gently but effectively, asked us our views on the depth of clinical intrusion we believed that our Father,and us, would like, and what we would believe to be the best course of action for him. This was a highly emotional time,as can be expected,but was discussed in a clear,plain but caring manner by the Consultant.My Father was taken off the main ward, to a separate room,where we were allowed,along with other family members and friends,to visit him until he unfortunately passed away a short time later. Throughout this final period ,he was attended to by some fantastic Nursing Staff and nothing was too much to ask.It certainly helped ease what was obviously a very emotional occasion. I cannot praise these people enough and wish to use this medium to pass on my heartfelt thanks from my family and I.Thank you to all concerned.