"My moms cancer treatment"
About: Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Birmingham) Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Birmingham) Birmingham B15 2TH
Posted by Jane Porter
My mom had been undergoing treatment for her cancer over a period of 2 years. We cannot fault this at all - however in the final 2 weeks of her life we felt let down. She had spent a week as an in patient after numerous stays. She was discharged just before easter last year when clearly she was too ill to be discharged. She was discharged at night at about 8pm. (This was a lady with terminal cancer)
We had told we would have a few days notice to organise things at home. My mom collapsed the next day and injured herself and was admitted to our local hospital. They informed me that my mom had been discharged as 'beds were needed' which did not make us feel any better. I was desparate for contact between our hospital and the QE cancer centre but all I kept been told is that it was the easter holidays - finally after Easter Monday I myself, in desperation, begged the QE for intervention - when the QE realised the seriousness of the situation they made contact. I also had to read that my moms cancer progression was not good by means of her discharge notes that she came home with- no consultant had taken an opportunity to inform or prepare us. My mom sadly passed away the week after due to her illness progressing very quickly. This had been plain to see over the previous few weeks. We still kept our outpatient appointment with the QE to discuss things. The consultant was not aware of any of these things going on - but why - it was the consultants job to know - they could not tell us why things had not been discussed with us and why my mom had been discharged or why no contact between the QE and our local hospital had not happened sooner. All we kept hearing was 'easter holidays'. This was a very frightening time for our family.