"It really depends on which department you end up..."
About: St Peter's Hospital (Chertsey) St Peter's Hospital (Chertsey) Chertsey KT16 0PZ
What I liked
My father had fantastic treatment as an outpatient with non hodgkins lymphoma/lukaemia. The consultant and his team were very patient and caring. Appointments were well organised and you normally were seen on time, treatment was explained thoroughly.
When he was admitted in June with possible heart failure, the cardiac ward where he stayed for 1 week was spotlessly clean, very well laid out and the nurses were very caring and efficient. There was a bit of a delay getting information from the doctor but overall satisfactory.
However his last weekend before he passed away was admitted to a ward (?)because he had TIA's This was not up to the same standard. The ward was cramped and it was very hot, there were not enough fans- I was told that maybe I should bring one from home!! Although the staff nurse was very kind, you could see she was overstretched and could not deliver basic care properly to the seriously ill patients on the ward. When he was discharged we had to wait ages for transport and also I had to go back and collect medication as it was not ready until later that night which was very distressing for me and my family under the circumstances. We did ask about a private room and even were prepared to pay but there was not one available. Perhaps we should not have called an ambulance from the nursing home on that occasion but the nurses at the home recommended this. I later learnt that he had also contracted MRSA which I was very shocked & upset about. However, I did not tell my mother or sister this information nor pursue this any further at the time due to the emotional distress as he passed away on 4th July at the Nursing Home.
I really feel that there was not enough proper support at the end of his life & feel you need to
urgently review your end of life/elderly care policy as this can really make all the difference to the patient and the family' suffering at this most traumatic time. Thank you.
What could be improved