"Not a lot!"
About: Royal Lancaster Infirmary Royal Lancaster Infirmary Lancaster LA1 4RP
Posted by PPR (as ),
What I liked
Not a lot!
What could be improved
Family members of elderly patient have received very confusing and different messages from different staff re both treatment and assessments; indeed most staff on Ward 35 extremely uncommunicative and offhand. Family members could help enormously in giving a picture of the patient when at home and healthy - but have never been asked so on what are assessments being based?
The doctor's 'assessment' procedure was a humiliating experience for both patient and family present. Would he treat his grandmother like this? Does the doctor need to 'show off' to the retinue? Why not ask family who were present to give the background before asking ridiculous questions: how many younger patients lose track of the days whilst in hospital? It is perfectly normal when all the days seem the same and there is nothing to mark one from another. The doctor appeared to lack any sensitivity or humanity and fitted almost exactly Lord Mancroft's views on his recent hospital experience: patients being talked 'across'.
Talk of transfer to 'rehab' is to be dreaded. Our previous experience of 22/23, when this patient's sister was in there recently, was abysmally poor.
On admission it was said the OT would visit the home of the patient. Thus the OT questionnaire came as a surprise and was too detailed for responses to be made, eg how high is the bed at home?