"Decant = burden ??"
About: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary / General Internal Medicine Aberdeen Royal Infirmary General Internal Medicine AB25 2ZN
Posted by HLJ (as ),
My mum was recently been transferred from one ward to another and the difference between the staff is staggering. They make being officious into an art form! There's been a few instances, but my favourite so far is when I arrived 25 minutes early for visiting (I wasn’t told the new ward had different visiting times). After taking a chair and speaking for a few minutes I was approached by a staff nurse and asked to leave as it wasn’t visiting time yet. I apologised and said I assumed that it would be the same as the old ward, but I’d remember for next time. She asked me to leave. Since I had a toddler with me, I didn’t fancy going all the way back down stairs. I offered to sit in the day room - they don’t have a day room. I refused and asked to speak to the charge nurse. I was taken to her office and spoken to about the nature of the patients on this ward, they’re needs etc and they don’t make special dispensations for “decants”. Describing a patient as a “decant” (esp. to a relative) “is not a dignified or respectful way to refer to patients” - quote taken from page 7 of the Healthcare Improvement Scotland Unannounced Inspection Report (Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Woodend Hospital, NHS Grampian): 6–10 October 2014. )
Patients (esp. elderly ones) often feel burdensome of healthcare staff - don’t make it worse by treating those moved into your wards (with perhaps differing needs than you are used to) differently to your “usual” patients - don’t call them decants.