"Sent home too soon from Treliske"

About: Royal Cornwall Hospital (Treliske) / Older people's healthcare

(as a relative),

An Uncle of mine who is in his eighties was taken into Grenville Ward in Treliske Hospital with four different health problems.

The nurses who looked after him, when asked for anything, always said "in a minute" but never seemed to come back. They complained about patients not being able to do what they thought they should. There was one old man that they were running down, saying he could do more to help himself, when just lying on his bed looked difficult enough for him.

My uncle had a go at one nurse who seemed to think that people who came into the hospital should not be so old and helpless.

When he was moved out of there he was relieved, but when he had to go back a week or so later to Treliske he was terrified of ending up back on the same ward. But he was put on Wellington Ward and seemed to be much happier there and the atmosphere was much better.

Then all of a sudden they decided he was well enough to go home, when all his family could see that he was not. Three of them (one was a nurse) even phoned the ward to complain but they were told he was "too well to stay in hospital". He was sent home when he could hardly stand, and within an hour of being home an ambulance was summoned because he had fallen and he was back at Treliske. He was completely off his legs.

Now 10 days later he is in West Cornwall hospital where they are rehabilitating him until "he can go home safely". The care at West Cornwall seems far superior to Treliske.

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