"all patients should be provided with the means of maintaining dignity"
About: Gartnavel General Hospital / Medical Oncology Gartnavel General Hospital Medical Oncology Glasgow G12 0XH
Posted by River (as ),
I have been attending the Breast Clinic annually for many years.
This year the clinic was taken by a Clinical Nurse Specialist, at Gartnavel OPD. They did not pronounce my name correctly - no apology. I was then asked if the Clinical Genetics department had contacted me re a risk assessment the previous year. They had, approx 10 months before, and I had returned the relevant documentation. There was no update in my records to which I was asked twice if I was sure that I had returned the risk assessment questionnaire! I felt very disappointed, and thought that it was very patronising and no apology re this on behalf of the organisation.
Then, I was to undress for my routine examination. No privacy and no gown offered. I believe that no one should have to undress in front of a health care professional unless they require and ask for assistance, and that all patients should be provided with the means of maintaining dignity and therefore they are only exposed for a minimal period of time. This makes me worry for those who are unable to advocate for themselves.