"Staff thought I was faking my fits at the Royal United Hospital"

About: Royal United Hospital / Neurology

(as the patient),

I was admitted to Medlock ward in the Royal United Hospital in Bath, where I stayed for a period of 2 months, maybe a bit longer. I was having lots of fits and was being investigated for this.

At night time my parents ended up having to stay, as there did not seem to be enough staff, and sometimes I would be left fitting for long periods of time before anyone noticed.

Later on in my stay, I was accused of "faking" and staff decided that that was what was wrong with me and so were extremely rude to myself and my parents. My care went downhill from there. On one occasion I collapsed in the bathroom and hit my head. I was told this wouldn’t have happened if I wasn’t such an attention seeker.

Nursing assistants and registered nurses regularly called me crazy, a faker and an attention seeker. Whilst I continued fitting, staff assuming I was "faking" neglected to take necessary safety precautions and eventually when discharged I left with a broken wrist and a black eye.

The ward was often dirty and other elderly patients’ food was left too far in front of them to be able to eat or drink. Doctor’s communication with me was minimal and my care I feel was appalling.

I was discharged with no follow up care plan or even a diagnosis and a few weeks later I was in intensive care, thankfully at a different hospital.

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