"Experience at Rotherham hospital"
About: Rotherham Hospital / General surgery Rotherham Hospital General surgery Rotherham S60 2UD
Posted by Steph88 (as ),
I was recently admitted to Rotherham hospital via a&e for a suspected appendicitis. My experience of a&e was good who saw me quickly apart from the health care assistant clumsily trying to gain iv access which would later become infected. I was transferred to the surgical assessment ward on Saturday afternoon b5. This is where my experience completely changed.
I had been given painkillers at two thirty that afternoon by a&e staff and had to wait seven hours on b5 for painkillers. This was despite being so unwell that the lady in the bed next to me actually was so concerned she asked a member of staff for me. She was told only one member of staff could give me the drugs and she was too busy she would get to me. At this time I was also (what would later be revealed) running a forty degree temperature shivering in bed which the nurses completely ignored. When the nurse eventually came to give me my painkillers she said she would get the doctors to prescribe me some antibiotics. It took him a further two hours to do this even though I had a temp of forty degrees. I was left suffering for nine hours on this ward.
A doctor came to review me on Sunday morning and told me to go home if I felt well enough. However I then started with a further temperature which the nurse completely ignored. This was despite me shivering and shaking on the bed until she asked me if I was ok to go home. I was then finally given iv paracetamol The decision was then made to transfer me to b11 as there were no beds on the surgical wards.
I have to say this turned out to be a brilliant thing for me. The staff are brilliantly observant so when I became unwell again they came to me first. They treated me with the medication I needed on time and with care. They also fought tooth and nail for me when a doctor from the surgical team came to review my scan and decided to not review me that day as they were too busy. The night nurse also took on another doctor to get them to come and see me as I had an infection in my catheter who agreed to come but never turned up. You see despite having three forty degree temps between Sunday night and Monday night I didn't see a doctor till Tuesday morning.
The antibiotics were not working and the nurse identified this to the doctor on Monday and was told to keep going on with them till Tuesday when they had time to see me. When he did turn up, he didn't know any of my test results and told me I had flu (despite it saying in my notes they had identified a uti). Things then improved from there despite for my last night they moved me off b11 to b4 which was a shame as they had looked after me so well.