"Initial experience was very unsatifactory, but you..."
About: Cumberland Infirmary Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle CA2 7HY
What I liked
My 15 year old son was admitted onto the childrens ward on Saturday and I could not fault the care and treatment he recieved whilst on this ward.
What could be improved
The problem I had was with your A&E dept, my son had been sick through the night on Friday, upon waking on saturday morning I noticed a finger on his had was badly swollen and obviously badly infected from a small graze, the infection could clearly be seen tracking up his hand and just above his wrist, I took him to A&E as I knew this was a serious infection, once there his temp was taken and his pluse and he had an xray, we where not told any of these results, and dispite the fact the infection was clearly travelling up his arm and he was complaining of pain in his under arm (armpit) (which even I knew ment it had already travelled up his arm and was draining into his lymph gland) we where sent home with a weeks supply of oral antibiotics, we where not even asked if his tetanus was up to date. During the afternoon the infection had worsened and it could been seen easily that it had travelled up past his elbow and nearly to his shoulder, I brought him back to A&E where he was immediately given antibiotics by IV, and admited to the childrens ward to continue his treatment, he stayed there for 4 days and needs a further fortnight of antibiotics. My problem is that even myself as a lay person knew this infection was serious and feel that upon my first visit to A & E that we where not treated seriously, had I waited any longer to bring my son back we could have been looking at serious septicemia and possibly a loss of limb or worse, and given the fact that we live 26 miles from the hospital I do not think the treatment he recieved was very satisfactory at all. I think your A & E staff should be made more aware of how serious even a small infection can be and should be more aggressive in there treatment in the first instance instead of waiting to see if septicemia sets in.