"Mixed experience of PIU at RAEI"
Posted by PH (as ),
My husband was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2006 and was given 3-6 months to live. Following an intensive course of chemotherapy treatment at the Christie Hospital, he was admitted to the RAEI with ascites which needed to be drained off. He was subsequently advised to attend the PIU (Planned Investigation Unit) to have blood transfusions and a date was arranged. However, when we attended the unit on the arranged date, they did not know anything about the appointment.
To cut a long story short, there was a bad lack of communication between the wards and the PIU and no one seemed to know what the other was doing. Notes did not tally and professionals seemed to have a different story. The situation caused a lot of additional stress at an already extremely stessful time.
In this situation, it is vitally important to both patient and carer, whose lives have been devasted, that good communication between health professionals is in place.