"hospital prescription policies"
About: Royal Berkshire Hospital Royal Berkshire Hospital Reading RG1 5AN
Posted by Anonymous
i had a stay on a ward recently. However was shocked when I was told all patients had to hand over any prescribed medications they brought into hospital with them, and could only have this back when they left, to prevent patients taking there own without staff aware. This was not just me, this was every patient. I also overheard the staff meeting, where they said they sit over patients and watch them take any prescribed meds they normally take and watch till they have taken them. firstly, any meds patients bring in with the, belong to the patient, any staff that orders or tries to take patient meds is theft ! secondly, sitting over patients (everyone) and watching till them take them - this is ridiculous. If patients can manage their meds at home, they don't need sitting over and being watched while taking (I must point out this wasn't a pysch ward, !) I was told this was all wards, all patients, all meds, just policy. I actually had to sleep with my handbag under my bedsheets as I was so concerned staff would take my prescription meds ! I would like hospital to address this issue as no one would. concerned if have to go back in, and I will never hand them over despite the 'orders' staff give... these are mentally capable adults, not children, or elderly frail people...