"-The place was clean
- The atmosphere ..."
About: Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Gloucester GL1 3NN
What I liked
-The place was clean
- The atmosphere was generally comfortable, with some quiet music in the background
- The building as whole is nice and modern
What could be improved
-Staff attitude, a more empathetic and caring approach towards patients in the Accident and Emergency Dept
- Waiting times need to be reduced, waiting for hours to be seen is unacceptable, it can be demoralizing
- There needs to be cultural awareness, not everyone shows pain by crying or screaming loudly as expected by A and E staff. Just because someone is sitting calmly and quietly does not mean they are not in pain. Biggest MYTH.
I went to this hospital's Accident and Emergency Dept after being referred there by my G.P with a suspected serious condition. The staff there were very rude and dismissive. I was somehow 'forgotten' with other people who came after me being seen before myself. It was only after inquiring about the waiting times that I was at last seen.
After waiting in the waiting room for hours (I was seen in the early hours of the morning, having come in, in the evening) I was seen by a doctor who did not seem to care, half the time interrupting when I was explaining my symptoms and not really listening. The overall impression I got was that they were not interested in me as a patient but that I was just a nuisance. There was no empathy, just an impatience and annoyance about having to see a patient, despite being paid to do the job! You would think the work was free. There was no proper questioning to elicit what was wrong as expected from a professional. When explaining my symptoms, I was interrupted despite this doctor having asked me to explain the symptoms in the first place! I was treated like a nuisance and was left with the overall impression of sheer humiliation.
I was asked to provide a urine sample and was given this small pot which you have to carry from the toilet to the small cubicle where you are seen, passing through the small waiting area in the process. The pot is made from paper with no lid and therefore does not afford discretion, that is the last thing you do to promote patient dignity. I do not understand why they cannot just give a patient a small urine bottle which is more discreet and private.
This whole experience left me feeling humiliated, frustrated and enraged and I would not recommend that type of experience for anybody. I hope this experience never ever happens to anyone else.