"Experience of Heartlands Hospital Ward 1"
About: Heartlands Hospital / Gynaecology Heartlands Hospital Gynaecology B9 5SS
Posted by Rowena (as ),
Attended for elective total hysterectomy in June 2012.
The experience was a bit weird due to the emphasis on clinical care and enhanced discharge. No problem with the surgeon or the procedure, but the physio came to chat about post-op exercises etc, prior to the surgery and I never saw them again, even though it would have been helpful to have some input after the op, as patient could discuss real time questions more appropriately. She also advised that nursing staff are not permitted to lift or assist in any way that would involve physical assistance.
The information I received before the op suggested that patient would receive help to mobilise and shower day after the op, but no mention was made by any member of staff, and all patients on ward were left to their own devices.
The drug round seemed a bit chaotic as some staff did not seem confident using the electronic prescribing system, and the anti-thrombosis injections that I was to receive were not administered. I understand I was not the only patient who was overlooked.
The discharge was chaotic, as no discharge letter or medication was available, and I was discharged, but the letter and medication had to be picked up the following day. The district nurse was booked to remove alternate staples 7 days post op, and remainder 10 days post op, but contacted me to say it was too early, and arrived 10 days post op to remove all.
The staff were quite pleasant, but I felt some sadly lacked the 'human touch' when it came to little things that I would have liked as a patient, e.g. I found it difficult to manoeuvre in bed due to the surgery, and was at times very uncomfortable, pillows slipping and sheets crinkled up, which I was unable to do anything about.
The standard of cleaning left a lot to be desired, as only the easiest accessible areas were cleaned, and my bedside table was not touched in the three days I spent there. The water was lukewarm, jugs and glasses have never been updated in all the years I have been going into hospital.
Fortunately I was fairly able to help myself, went with the flow so I accepted the situation, but perhaps the experience may have impeded the recovery of an older, less able patient in that situation.
A holistic approach to the overall care of the patient would be the difference between feeling just like 'another patient' and a human being.