"I feel our hospital is over capacity"
About: Victoria Hospital (Kirkcaldy) Victoria Hospital (Kirkcaldy) Kirkcaldy KY2 5AH
Posted by old school (as ),
Since December 2012 I feel there have been too many patients for our bed capacity, resulting in patients being placed in inappropriate wards/departments due to lack of beds and delayed discharges.
In some cases elderly dementia patients have been moved up to 7 times in 3 - 4 days, when it clearly states in their notes that due to their delicate condition under no circumstances were they to be moved.
Four bedded wards have had another 2 beds placed in the middle of the room, with no curtains round beds, no buzzers, no piped oxygen etc.
Patients have been put into treatment rooms, storage areas and areas meant only for day cases (no shower facilities, no catering, kitchen facilities etc), men and women mixed in wards.
The management have been saying its a winter crisis, but this is now nearly June and it is still happening and no one seems to have any solutions. Meanwhile the patients are suffering, and we are not giving them compassionate and safe care. Our concerns are falling on deaf ears. How can we be expected to deliver care if our hands are tied?