"Unpleasant stay in hospital"

About: Milton Keynes Hospital / General medicine

(as the patient),

In April this year, I spent 5 days in Milton Keynes general hospital suffering from pneumonia. I felt the standards of care were very poor it seemed to me to be a constant shortage of nurses. I often saw seriously ill patients waiting hours for doctors to arrive and administer to them life saving drugs. One morning, I was not served breakfast because of shortage of staff. I could not see my records of medications attached to the bed, which I think is standard practice and no one asked me about the medication that I was already taking. I normally suffer from high blood pressure and take a daily medication to lower it. When my blood pressure fell dangerously low, I could not find any doctors to advise me whether I should have taken my blood pressure tablet. A young Polish duty nurse then recommended that I should not take my blood pressure tablets which I believe saved my life. I thought the hospital was dirty, toilets were filthy and I saw one elderly patient who could not control her bowels had left a trail of excrement leading from her bed to the toilets. There was no one available to clean it for hours and people were treading on it. I still have nightmares about my very unpleasant stay.

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