"great surgery let down by some poor nursing"
About: Royal Blackburn Hospital Royal Blackburn Hospital Blackburn BB2 3HH
Posted by Cover story
I was treated at Blackburn for a hip operation. The operation to fix a dynamic screw in my hip went wel. In fact I had the option of being fully awake and the operating team kept me informed at every stage of the procedure. However, the nursing generally was not up to the same standard. Two incidents stand out. Firstly, on the evening of my admittance the nurse on duty in the ward left me covered in my own vomit even though she had seen that I was sick. After ten minutes I pressed the alert button and a health care assistant eventually came. Secondly, I pulled the emergency cord in the toilet by mistake later in my stay. It took ten to fifteen minutes before a staff member came. Surely this is far too long if someone was really in distress!! Lastly I would like to comment about the cleanliness. Generally it was OK. The ward was cleaned daily but I noticed that many of the ceilings in the hospital, especially in the Recovery Area, were dirty.