"Admission to orthopaedics ward at Monklands Hospital"
About: Monklands District General Hospital / Trauma & orthopaedics Monklands District General Hospital Trauma & orthopaedics ML6 0JS
Posted by scarlet (as ),
I was sent to A&E at Monklands by my GP for suspected Cauda Equina. I was seen after a couple of hours by a doctor who after doing some tests said he wanted to speak to a consultant. I was then looked at again after an hour and told I would be taken to the ward for some observation. As I have 2 young children, I asked if I was going home. I was told yes, I was only being sent to the ward for some observation. Arrived on the ward and it seemed like nobody wanted to talk to me about my stay. A student nurse came and filled out an Admission form. I asked why this was as I was only in for obs. I was told the drs wanted to make sure I was going to the toilet. I needed to use the toilet and I had to ask a member of staff (not a nurse) about whether I had to provide a sample and if I had to tell the nurses every time I went. She didn't know but was very helpful.
I wasn't observed at any point in my stay. No obs done, which was why I was in. I asked repeatedly about going home. I was told several times, the dr would speak to me. I felt he avoided me. I noticed my kardex was incorrect and some meds hadn't been prescribed. I told staff before 5pm to give them time to order some from pharmacy as I knew they wouldn't have them on the ward. No-one spoke to me regarding going home. At 9pm, the night staff had started and the dr said I was staying in overnight. When I explained about no-one doing any obs, he said they had been done. He hadn't checked my notes to see that the only obs that had been done were in A&E.
I was angry that no-one came to speak to me about being kept in overnight as I could have arranged for my family to bring clothing etc.. in for me. They also didn't have the correct meds. I ended up getting a reduced dose twice of one medication and another they had to borrow from another ward. I was due these at 8pm and received them after 10. There were 2 nurses on the night shift who were wonderful and helped me out with things and they actually made my stay bearable but I felt angry, stressed and emotional.
Food was awful. Can't understand why health professionals expect patients to get any nutrition from this food.