"TV in Larkfield unit"

About: Inverclyde Royal Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics

(as a relative),

My father currently in larkfield unit moved from Inverclyde royal after hip replacement was in a 4 bed ward with TV at Inverclyde royal moved to a single room larkfield unit with TV now moved to a 4 bed ward larkfield unit no TV so took him up small portable TV 15 " to watch football and pass time was told to take it away as TV was not allowed in a 4 bed ward and if he wanted to watch TV to get up and watch it in TV room and there was only my father and one other in the ward other person had no objections to TV so why is TV allowed in 4 bed Inverclyde royal and not larkfield unit TV was also safety checked before taken in

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Response from Jacki Smart, General Manager, Clyde Sector, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

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Hello big Mac

Thank you for taking the time to share this with us and I'm sorry that this wasn't straightforward for your dad and yourself. I've asked the Manager of that service for comments and ideas of how we might avoid this in future and will come back to you even I have something more.

In the meantime if you'd like a more detailed response please let me have your details to jacki.smart@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Speak soon


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Response from Jacki Smart, General Manager, Clyde Sector, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde We have made a change

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Hello again Big Mac

Just by way of update- Ive spoken to the team in the Larkfield Unit who were keen to explain that the safety concern mentioned was that of trailing cables as the rooms are not big enough for wall mounted TVs nor designed with well placed electrical outlets.The risk of patients working on improving their mobility would be that they may trip over cables etc and come to harm.

That being said the team have reflected on the reality of boredom as you've mentioned and will now support the use of tablets or portable DVD players etc at the bedside which may offer a compromise.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention and affording the opportunity to fix things for others moving forward

I hope your dad is doing well with his recovery

kind regards


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Update posted by Big mac (a relative)

Hi there was no issue about trailing cables as there were none. TV was plugged In to wall socket approximately 1 and a half metres up wall. the TV has a cable 1 metre long placed on top of locker built in aerial so no trailing cables.

I find this a lame excuse for not allowing patients who's only company or enjoyment maybe a TV set and to suggest that they use a tablet or DVD player this is a unit for elderly and infirm, dementia and maybe terminally ill patients many who don't even know what a tablet is.

my father hardly knows how to operate a mobile phone never mind a tablet.

also suggesting that there is not enough room in the ward for a wall mount tv they can also be mounted on the roof with a ceiling mount or from the floor with a floor mount or maybe put on a chair as that is where the CD/ radio player was in the ward with a cable plugged into the wall. on the issue of trailing cables does that mean the domestics can't do their job ie, trailing cables from hoover plugged into corridor and taken into wards.

Others doing their jobs with ECG machines etc portable x ray machines all have to be plugged in and have trailing cables.

having been in many hospitals as a patient and as a visitor this is the only one I know of that denies their patients a TV in a 4 bed ward. at the time no one mentioned anything about cables quote TV not allowed in here take it away with you when you're going only allowed small screen device. my reply it has small screen 15 inches then just take it away with you when your going.

might I also say I am a health & safety representative