"Fathers stay on ward"
About: Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Birmingham) Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Birmingham) Birmingham B15 2TH
Posted by Maxmarv12 (as ),
My father was admitted for a left leg amputation two weeks ago, he has received excellent professional care from the medical and nursing staff on critical care unit B, however since been transferred to ward 305 he appears less happy. We have told staff on admission and again that his vision is poor and that he will require support with eating, staff sometimes put table in his reach however he is having issues loading his cutlery and will only eat half the food on his plate as this is all he can see, he cannot see his pudding and will leave this and it seems dad is hungry as he will ask for stuff when we visit.
My father is disorientated to time and date, and we thought a tv would help orientate him, he may not be able to see the picture but he would recognise tv theme tunes which may help orientate to date and time, and he would also recognise characters. We asked for a tv on Friday and was told no one would be available to sort this out until after the weekend, he still does not have tv today which is Monday pm, my mother also mentioned this to staff, we have now brought a radio in. My dad has brought his own pjs and toiletries in with him however staff are still giving him a hospital gown to wear. He is a big man and has stated they feel uncomfortable especially across the chest, family are also having to apply cream to his leg everyday as the skin on his leg appear dry. I think nursing care is overall ok however care needs to be person centred and staff should listen to what carers are telling them about patients as surely they are the experts by experience and act accordingly.