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I expected better. I was initially surprised that most of the patient's where from out side Liverpool. When I asked at the reception if one of my family could stay at the Hospital a rather superior Nursing Sister told the receptionist 'this young man wants information '. I got no further as it seems only people from outside Liverpool could stay at the rooms provided at the hospital. It was only for people from Wales , Isle of Man ect. When I asked in Birch Ward about a spare room that had a great views of the wood across the way I was again told there were many people ahead of me wanting it . I was again addressed as ' young man' in a discussion between a trainee nurse ( in white) and a male sister . The room then remained empty for a week. The hot meals of an evening were terrible . Usually dried up . The sandwiches and soup of a lunch time were good. After my operation the Nurses looking after me in the intensive care area (Pocco) were first rate I could not praise them more. Unfortunately then I was taken to Elm Ward and things changed . A Nurse on the first day in there started shouting orders at me ( I could not believe it) she and her understudy were only there for a day ' thank God '. Another patient just before he left for home said he had received the same treatment. When It was time for me to go home a young nurse suddenly appeared and said she needed a blood test from me . When she had attempted the test she was told it should have been the patient in the next bed . When my family picked me up that night I just could not wait to get out and home. Although some of my treatment was unbelievably poor . I was never asked by anyone ( ward manager, ward sister) . How I felt about my stay there.. But above all this I can only say that those Nurses in Birch and the Intensive Care ward who were very professional and of cause the Cardiologist's and Surgeon could not have been bettered.