"Male & Female Visitor - Treatment Inequality"

About: Chippenham Community Hospital

We are parents of 3 children and over the last 17yrs have had the need to visit the minor injuries unit 3 times with various minor injuries (cuts, bumps and suspected broken bones). This represents a total of 45 years combined parenting so on average once every 15yrs. Two visits were made with dad and one with mum. On both occasions when dad took children to unit the staff are openly suspicious and mistrusting of father - coming very close to suggesting some form of abuse and actually stating lack of parental supervision. When mum visited the response is supportive and caring. Not sure if this is a Chippenham characteristic or wider NHS suspicion inherent within training but it would be helpful to all if staff were to assume children do occasionally injure themselves (i.e. falling off bike, not looking where they are walking) as a normal and healthy part of growing up - this is how children learn and almost always not part of parental abuse or lack of parental supervision. Any staff member who believes you can stop all injuries during childhood is clearly not a parent! Dad has now left this unit on two separate occasions feeling completely disgusted at the way he has been treated as a parent - to such an extent that future visits are likely to be delayed so that mum can take child - hardly to the benefit of the injured party. Some equality in treatment for male and female visitors would be a very welcome and a refreshing change.

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