"Sister in law's care after chemo"

About: Kent & Canterbury Hospital / Kent Oncology Centre

(as a relative),

My sister in law was taken ill following a chemotherapy session, she was severely dehydrated. An ambulance was called by her gp, this took six hours to arrive.

She was then taken to hospital arriving at 11pm, she was left on the bed, hooked up to machine and not seen by a doctor until 6am the following morning. She was not given an IV until 6:30am, by which time she was severely dehydrated despite us trying to get fluids into a her and hallucinating.

She was taken to Harbledown Ward where she was well looked after during the day but experienced some rough treatment during the night which resulted in severe bruising to her arm where she was manhandled by a nurse.

Informed by a doctor on the a morning that she was leaving (whilst on her own), that the chemo had caused irreparable damage to her kidneys and that there was no hope of any further treatment for her cancer. This has proved to be untrue as she has seen her oncologist today.

The whole episode was shabby treatment of a genuinely ill person which has resulted in her now being too frightened to go back into hospital.

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