"Acute couldn't care less ward"

About: Cheltenham General Hospital

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Admitted to hospital with a rare condition, which I explained, but they decided I was a mental patient & having a psychotic episode rather than being delirious from dehydration, a symtpton of my condition. I had to drink from the tap in the bathroom to quench my thirst, as no jug of water was forthcoming despite the fact they had a note of my condition & my own medication. The care of the poor elderly patients on the ward was disgusting, they were unable to get out of bed & there cries for help we're ignored, even after I went to the nurses station to point out the lady opposite had been calling & ringing her buzzer - they were apparently busy, whereas I had heard their conversations, holidays & nights out!!! I could go on, needless to say I have told my husband that no matter what I must never be taken there again, absolutely appalled, as was my GP, who confirmed I was no more mental than he was!!!

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Response from Cheltenham General Hospital

Really sorry to hear about your experiences in ACU at Cheltenham General. We would like to find out more so that we can investigate some of the issues that you have raised. Would you be happy to give our PALS team a call to discuss further? If so, please call 0800 019 3282 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday or email pals.gloucestershirehospitals@glos.nhs.uk

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