"As a long term patient,at Southmead ..."

About: Southmead Hospital

(as the patient),

What could be improved

As a long term patient,at Southmead Hosp, speaking from my own personal experience I would no longer recommend this hospital for treatment as I have found that the standard of the overall heath care provided has declined noticeably in the past ten years due to internal hospital cut backs.

In my experience the hospital is poorly managed and consultants are regularly changed without any prior discussion with the patient as to what they, the individual feels is the most suitable for their ongoing healthcare, and this appears to be mostly determined now by the various dept managers who make the decisions, and who on several occasions have proven to be very uncooperative when requiring answers to patient concerns..

I do not feel as if I am an individual, but yet another number on another file.- more of an inconvenience.

Waiting times for various apps and clinics are often lengthly and Norovirus outbreaks are a very regular occurrence at Southmead and this is something which must be considered when choosing this hospital particularly if one is elderly or immuno compromised.

Patient transport for those outside of the PCT catchment area has now also been discontinued.

Anything else?

Car parking is highly limited and extremely expensive, as is the restaurant and other facilities offered for both in patients and visitors.

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