"Stay on ward C54"

About: Queen's Medical Centre

I had a four night stay on ward C54. I can't complain about the care I received as it was second to none and the nurses (apart from agency staff I came into contact with at the weekend) were very good, kind and considerate to all patients. My gripe was the fact there were 2 dementia patients on both the wards. These patients screamed both day and night a deprived me and all the other patients of three nights sleep. This was bad enough for me but for the elderly people on my ward it was like torture, there is nothing worse than sleep deprivation when you are trying to recover from serious illness. I was moved from a side room on the high dependency ward at 12 midnight and put opposite this dementia patient on C54, I thought I was still asleep and having a nightmare. I know dementia patients need treatment like anyone else but think they should be put in a separate ward or could they be sedated at night. As I said at the beginning I'm not complaining at all about the care I received as it was second to none, but think something needs to be done with dementia patients.

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