"Respect and kindness before my Mother's death"
About: Rotherham Hospital / Older people's healthcare Rotherham Hospital Older people's healthcare Rotherham S60 2UD
Posted by kenzo (as ),
My mother was admitted to Rotherham General Hospital Ward A6 over the weekend of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
We were told that it would be unlikely that she would survive and from that point onwards we, as well as my mum, were cared for with the utmost respect and kindness.
It was not possible for us to have a side room until the day mum died but we were curtained off from the rest of the bay and staff checked in on us regularly offering tea and sympathy. My mum was washed at least twice daily and only two hours before she passed away she was turned on her bed and a cushion placed under her leg for her comfort. We were told of a relatives room which we used for four nights and quite frankly wouldn't have managed without (they also gave us a comfort pack so that Dad could have a shave).
Whilst on the ward we saw and heard nurses treating the other patients with respect and kindness, even though some were quite testing :)
At the end, the night staff offered us to stay as long as we wanted to and made us all a hot drink whilst informing us what to do now.
I urge anyone to donate money to the Purple Butterfly Appeal so that more people can die with dignity surrounded by their loved ones in Rotherham Hospital.