"Noisy wards and smoky rooms"
About: Victoria Infirmary / Accident & Emergency Victoria Infirmary Accident & Emergency G42 9TY
Posted by zigzague (as ),
Was admitted overnight to Ward A from A&E for observations with breathing problems and while well treated there were a number of areas that made my stay less than comfortable.
While the ward is nice and composed of private rooms with TVs which was a nice touch, there was a lot of loud dance type music coming from the corridor, I couldn't tell from where though and assumed it must have been a patient's TV. This was at 8pm, I was so exhausted from my earlier I tried to go to sleep at 9pm, but the music carried on loudly until 1am - I was beginning to think there must have been some staff disco nearby.
The music was turned down and only then at 4am, when the music was still audible and I needed to use the toilets, did I realise that the music wasn't coming from a patient but the nurses station!
My second comment relates to the smoking that still prevails outside the main entrance to the Victoria - my room was near that entrance and as a result the smell of cigarettes would regularly enter my room through the window. I realise this is a big effort to manage and convince smokers to smoke outside hospital grounds but the placement of a bin with an ashtray on the surface at the entrance must give a signal that this is a place where you can smoke.
After an admission where my breathing was out of control and with smoke as a known irritant, it really does need greater thought into making sure that HB policies are properly implemented.
Together instead of having a restful sleep to recover, both of these incidents led to a disturbed night with only perhaps 3 hours sleep.