"Appalling follow up care"
About: Russells Hall Hospital Russells Hall Hospital Dudley DY1 2HQ
Posted by KateT
My father endured a stay at Russells Hall in December 2012, admitted due to a lesion in his leg and put on bed rest. Whilst Russell's Hall spent too much time faffing about arguing with the Royal Orthopaedic over responsibility to operate, my father's femur broke. It then took a further two days to repair his leg, and once operated on his care was abysmal. Two days after his operation he had been allowed to become severely dehydrated, and was barely coherent. Since this stay, he has received no follow up for physiotherapy or any element of care from the orthopaedic team. Yesterday, he visited the hospital for an appointment that I had to chase up and was simply weighed / blood pressure taken etc, no check up to see that the operation had been successful or referral to physiotherapy despite being told that this would happen when he was discharged.
I find this totally unacceptable. My father is a normally healthy 73 year old however he was just written off as an idiot by the staff that dealt with him after his operation. I wouldn't wish anyone a stay in your orthopaedic department!!