"I discharged myself from Southport general "

About: Southport & Formby District General Hospital / Accident and emergency Southport & Formby District General Hospital / General medicine

(as the patient),

I attended the hospital as I was having shooting pains in my jaw, having suffered from a heart attack 5 months earlier I was concerned.

At the casualty department I was seen quite quickly and told I would be kept in that night due to my history, which was fine. This was at 10.15 am

I was then transferred to an assessment ward, at the casualty a nurse has given me a ham sandwich to take with me for dinner, no drink was provided, just a jug of water.

I was sat in a chair next to the bed which was not made up, when a nurse took my blood pressure and said it was low and she would come back to check it again, but she didn't.

A doctor came at 4.00 pm and said she would take a blood test and if it was ok I could go home.

I had at this time finished the jug of water, which was never replaced.

I sat and waited for the blood test which never happened, Tea time was a cup of soup, no drink provided.

When my husband came i told him I was not staying in as the doctor had said I could go after a blood test., we went to the shop for a drink, which was closed.

At 10.00 pm I asked about the blood test and a nurse said she would do it, which she did, and said results would take about 45 mins.

At 11.30 I asked about the results which were not back, at 12.45 am I discharged myself.

This ward had about 30-40 patients with 3 nurses and I hardly ever saw a doctor during my time there. In my opinion the place smelt bad and I had no drink for 14 hours and no information given to me.

I was told that no results would be given to me of the blood tests taken, my GP would have to ring.

The following day at 4.40pm my GP rang and guess what? no body could trace me being there.

After my experience, I promise that I would have to be dead before I would go to this hospital again.

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