"Wife Terminally Iii"

About: Leighton Hospital

My wife was admitted on the 27th July 2014 taken by paramedics. She was treated immediately by the A&E staff and an A&E doctor. My wife was stabilised and sent to Ward 3 for a short stay. Then tranfered to Ward 7. Due to my wifes medical problems concerning a fractured spine and cancer of the oesophagus she was in great pain. Further as the days went on she got pnuemonia and shingles making her really very ill and in more pain. Over the following days the ward staff cared for my wife with the greatest consideration and care and were most helpful in explaining what was being done for my wife. The doctors on the ward and the consultant's registras were excellent. The McMillan nurses from the McMillan Centre attended my wife every day and supervised the pain control through morphine which greatly eased my wifes pain. Eventually the medication was not working and my wife was taken off it to make her more comfortable. The last four days of my wifes life were made peaceful and pain free through the McMillan nurses controlling the morphine driver. Eventually my wife was mainly a sleep till she died on the 12th August peacefully and pain free. I cannot express my gratitude or my families in the special care of my wife while on Ward 7. We are all very thankful for the care, dedication and care given by all involved in my wifes last days. Thank you all.

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Response from Leighton Hospital

Thank you very much for posting your feedback in relation to the care your wife received on Ward 7. I am pleased to hear that the care needs and management plans for your wife were communicated to you. As healthcare professionals we are acutely aware of how important it is to ensure you are kept up to date with this type of information during what will have been a very difficult and emotional time for you and your family. I can assure you that your feedback will be cascaded to all of the staff members that you have mentioned. May I also take this opportunity to pass on our condolences to you and your family over the very sad loss of your wife. Should you ever need any further support or guidance you are more than welcome to contact us and we will endeavour to help. Rachel Wilkinson, Matron, Emergency Care Division

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