"spent just 32 hours there so obviously I..."
About: Livingstone Hospital Livingstone Hospital Dartford DA1 1SA
Posted by Ronald Walford
What I liked
spent just 32 hours there so obviously I can't make a full judgement. But the nursing staff were truly excellent. Enormously good-humoured, supportive and very careful with the small amount of medical care I needed.
The other (long-term) patients were full of praise for the staff: I agree with them. Food was good, well prepared and served carefully. When a hot evening meal didn't reach the hospital the staff prepared an excellent cold meal at short notice: much appreciated.
I'm making these same comments to my GP.
What could be improved
There were no doctors on duty over the weekend: why can't at least one doctor make one round? And if there's a doctor on call for an emergency, can the patients be told this so as to reassure them?
Minor comment: no newspapers available on weekends.
I understand that a hospital porter generously volunteers to get newspapers on weekdays (thank you!) but understandably he can't do this when he's off duty. So can a civilian volunteeer offer to handle weekend papers?
Taxi access to the hospital. The re-routing of cars from the front entrance to the side door is not clear: my taxi driver said that several of his colleagues had trouble finding the right door. So can a few signs be erected?