"Bed Blocking"

About: Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

My sister had an operation to clear the arteries in her leg.

The operation was a great success and she should have left the ward within a few days, however, she is still in there and deteriorating each day.

The nursing care has been fantastic, they could not have been kinder or more caring, however, they have decided that she is no longer safe to live on her own.

This is very strange as she was happily living on her own and managing very well before she went into hospital.

Talking to Consultant friends, the anesthetic may well have affected her but I, and all the friends who visit her, think she would be so much better back in her own flat.

As it is, the hospital is pay for an agency nurse, whose sole duty is to sit with my sister all day and ensure she does not leave the ward.

The whole situation is ludicrous, every day I am told they are waiting for a bed in Trafford Hospital, every day she takes up a bed which could be used by somebody on the waiting list and, worst of all, she is deteriorating mentally and physically.

Please can something be done.

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Response from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

We are very sorry to receive your comments and concerns via the NHS Choices / Patient Opinion website about your sister's experience at the Manchester Royal Infirmary. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to be able to respond to the specific concerns you have raised and offer an informed explanation regarding the care and management of your sister's condition without being able to investigate in more detail. In order to do this, we would need your sister's permission to investigate any concerns she may have regarding her care and also her personal details.

We take all issues surrounding patient care very seriously and would very much like to hear from you directly about this. If you contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0161 276 8686 or by e-mailing pals@cmft.nhs.uk they will be happy to discuss this with you.