"Anticipated Better"

About: Airedale General Hospital

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My mother was admitted with Atrial Fibrillation by emergency ambulance in the early hours of a day in February and 14 hours later she was discharged? Way too soon, they didn't consider age or what might result from this heart problem.

Re-admitted 5 days later with Pneumonia and 5 day later discharged? Way too soon as they didn't cure Pneumonia!

Re-admitted 7 days later with? Pneumonia again! and discharged 5 days later? They didn't bother to review case and didn't cure Pneumonia!

Re-admitted 24hrs later having caught a hospital bug. This made is presence known within 3hrs of coming home and by midnight it was very distressing indeed. Emergency doctor came at 3am and said it was "food poisoning"? Complete and utter rubbish diagnosis! She was upon her own doctor's instruction re-admitted at 14:30hrs that day into a room with ants (hence the title) crawling all over floor!

I noticed hospital regularly had a stale air odour, condensation running down windows and I never witnessed any one cleaning up very often.

Nursing staff were however good. Doctor and nurse in casualty very good but consultants and ward doctors ignorant and failed to keep us informed or "consult" me on my mother condition.

I will be writing a formal complaint in due course now that my mother has been successfully treated at Royal Blackburn Hospital after I advised doctor not to re-admit to Airedale.

Would I recommend Airedale? Considering that my mother almost died over the Easter 2013 weekend, the following weekend, the suffering and debilitation my mother has gone through I would sooner drive a bulldozer through it than recommend it!

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Response from Airedale General Hospital

We are sorry to hear about your concerns regarding your mother's experience. You are clearly unhappy and the circumstances you describe trouble us greatly. We are eager to hear from you in person to enable us to investigate this in detail. Please contact our PALS team on 01535 294019 so that we can look into this further.

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