"Knee replacement and stayed on Tye Green Ward"
About: Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow) Princess Alexandra Hospital (Harlow) Harlow CM20 1QX
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I came out of hospital on recently following a full knee replacement and stayed on Tye Green ward. I was in a side room and I felt there was just not enough nursing staff to go around! I was only up from my op for 15 mins when I started to be sick so rung for a nurse and had to wait for at least 5 mins before anyone came to me, she was very apologetic and said they were so short staffed and had so many post ops to look after! I also found that there more nursing assistants then qualified nurses, also some of the qualified nurses sometimes didn't understand me because English was not their first language. I also found that some of the nursing assistants were really moaning about the other nurses and complained that they were doing all the work! On my discharge letter that I have to take to my doc to have staples removed they have hand written a note to have staples removed from my hip replacement! I also feel the physio was a not non existent too, yes they came every day for literally a few minutes and got me walking but then just left me to my own devices! I was given a piece of paper t show exercises but not once did they go through them with me! I had to keep asking for ice packs too to ease with the pain. On a positive note, my op went very well, my surgeon and his team were excellent and the staff in the operating theatre were fantastic especially calming me down because I was so nervous and scared! Overall I would recommend this hospital to anyone but I really do feel that the staffing levels on this ward is really bad and all staff are so pushed to their limits everyday and every shift.