About: Monklands District General Hospital / Care of the Elderly Monklands District General Hospital Care of the Elderly ML6 0JS
Posted by NHS89 (as ),
I have worked as a CSW since 2010 and within my clinical experience when a person has passed with family in attendance we ask the family to leave the room while we wash, re-dress, change sheets, tidy and lay flowers.
Recently my Gran passed away and although the family were asked to leave the room, we came back to flowers laid out but with my Gran still in the same soiled nightdress and sheets. I took the time to brush her hair and put her glasses on myself.
I understand the pressure the NHS staff are under, I just wish to highlight the lack of basic care/respect in this case. Small things that we do everyday can make the biggest difference to those saying goodbye to loved ones. My Gran would be mortified to know she had been left like that - we would never allow living patients to lie in soiled sheets and those who have passed deserve the same respect.
Hope to highlight this to avoid others going through the same, that last image is important to the family and it's up to healthcare staff to make it as "pleasant" as possible.