"Basic nursing mistakes"

About: Brighton General Hospital / Older people's healthcare Royal Sussex County Hospital

(as a relative),

My brother in law died at the R.S.C.H on Easter Sunday a week after having fallen out of bed, breaking his neck and causing a catastrophic bleed to his brain. A nurse had left his bed elevated and the sides down. Surely putting the sides back up on the bed of a patient who is vulnerable to falls is a fairly basic requirement? This is now the subject of an inquest.

I feel that the geriatric care in this hospital is appalling: I have seen patients left dirty for hours, food and fluids out of reach of patients and we were certainly never shown a care plan (if one existed). In fact, I felt as though charge nurses were avoiding my relatives and I.

My mother also died in this hospital in 2008 in agony from a broken back after falling when the cot sides were not replaced.

I would be interested to see this hospitals care and commission reports. I would like to advise that people think carefully about which hospital to go to, you have choices.

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