"somethings need more than a sentence"
About: Freeman Hospital Freeman Hospital Newcastle Upon Tyne NE7 7DN
Posted by Paddy and Jude Weeks
What I liked
My wife stayed on ward 29 and the nursing staff were very helpful and always busy - Thankfully they allowed her to come home with a programme of IV drugs for us to administer at home. There appears to be no formal system to manage and oversee this service but the benefits are huge. My wife got home to her own bed and environment, she was able to eat better, sleep better and concentrate and getting better. Thank you to everyone
What could be improved
Dedicated person who can be your contact and fascilitate the home IV. My wife has a portacath and it is fairly simple to use and something we have done a number of times. However, it seems to only be available by request. Given that it is easier for the patient to be home, less stressful for the patient and family and cheaper for the NHS in these times of cuts surely this is an idea that should be expanded on.
Doctors information varied and was casual in its delivery