"Not being allowed to stay in hospital with my mother who has dementia"
About: Southmead Hospital Southmead Hospital Bristol BS10 5NB
Posted by Powerless carer (as ),
My mother was taken to Southmead Hospital in November 2014. She has dementia and is very resistant to being touched by people, unable to communicate (except to say no) or understand communication. I asked to stay with her overnight but was told no.
Each day I came back in I would find her curled into a tight little ball, by the time I left she was relaxed. When staff came to attempt 'treatment' in order to diagnose she fought them off as if she thought they were trying to kill her. It was dreadful to see and must have been awful for her. 4 days later they realised that they would have to sedate her to do a scan to clarify why she was ill. 4 days of torture.
I didn't know about John's campaign, neither did the staff on the unit. I'm surprised to find that Southmead is signed up to it. Is this recent? Or did the staff just not know? Was I not assertive enough or did I fail to use the 'C' word, c for carer?