"Something that gives you nightmares years later."
About: Southmead Hospital Southmead Hospital Bristol BS10 5NB
Posted by Anglo Saxon
What I liked
Lithotriptor staff friendly and helpful. Xray and scanning department staff good as well.
What could be improved
R Ward Urology - a living nightmare!
I had the misfortune of staying in this ward several years ago, I hope things have improved by now. It was staffed at the time by one nurse who desperately tried to cope with many geriatric male patients all with difficult urinary problems. The smell and the atmosphere on the ward was horrendous. The treatment of the elderly at night verged on abusive, you could hear screams of pain and constant calls of 'nurse' 'nurse' seeking help from absent staff. Toilets were strewn with blood and feces and rarely cleaned. I was in for kidney stones, in the end after experiencing the joys of R ward I transferred to the BRI as the consultant gave me no options as to my treatment - the consultant at the BRI was much better but the conditions were not hugely improved on the ward.
I have since stayed at Southmead in the Cardiology department where standards were excellent (well for this hospital anyway). I think mens urology fails to attract the quality of nursing that cardiology does for obvious reasons. If you are male and over 50 then avoid this ward at all costs.
Southmead is generally a good hospital but if you have a urology issue then try to avoid. They employ one of the best specialists in the country. However I guess most of his patients are private and I doubt he ever sets foot in R Ward or if he does they clean it up before his visit.