"Stressful care for dementia patient"

About: Antrim Area Hospital / Accidents & Emergency Antrim Area Hospital / Older people's healthcare

(as a carer),

As I was a health care worker myself and I knew the hospital system i knew where i could access drinks of water or juice, for my elderly father who has vascular dementia.

As staff were under a lot of pressure and stress with the amount of patients arriving at A+E, I felt it was like a cattle market or organised chaos.

My father was sent for a scan as he had hit his head. We had to bypass Mid-Ulster where we went first and they have a scanner but because of the new rule laid out by the N.H.T. the journey on to Antrim caused my father more stress as i know due to experience with working with him. Stress regarding my father’s condition can have an effect on his behaviour which can make him aggressive.

Food needs to be provided to people waiting more than four hours, or at least be able to be purchased.

The staff need to be more aware of the conditions they are dealing with. He went there with a physical condition, i.e. minor head injury which i felt could have been treated in Mid-Ulster hospital which was a scan.

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