"Our experience of Danny,s care"

About: Colchester General Hospital

My ex father in law was admitted approx. 8 weeks ago, in a critical condition with a chest infection, breathing difficulties and sepsis. We were told from the start that his condition may not improve. Danny was 90 years of age. Within 5 mins in the aeu ward he was on an antibiotic drip, and the doctor sat with us and carefully explained all the things they were intending to do in to try and stabilise Danny's condition.

After several hours Danny made signs that he was responding to the antibiotics, which looked promising. He was transferred to Peldon ward. The care he received there could not be faulted from the 1st nurse who spent 20 mins trying to insert a canular into Danny's arm because his skin was so thin to the nurses who sat with him to pick up his drink of water because he was to weak to do so, they could not have been more caring, and respectful to Danny, they nursed him with tender care and it was this care that helped him to respond well, and after 6 weeks he was going to be transferred to a nursing home, all the arrangements were in place, but Danny took a turn for the worse when the chest infection returned again, and he became very ill. Every course of possible treatment was taken, but in the end Danny passed away. It is a difficult time for all the family even though Danny was now 91 ( he had his 91st birthday in Peldon ward).

He had a great sense of humour, always ready for a sing-song when I asked him if I could sing a song to him.

We know that all the staff on Peldon ward really did their utmost to nurse Danny back to health, but sadly it was not to be, but we do know that he could not have received better care anywhere, from a wonderful team on Peldon Ward.

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Response from Colchester General Hospital

Thank you for such wonderful feedback, I will ensure that it is shared with the teams involved.

If you would like to discuss anything further, please call one of the patient experience team members on 01206 742881.

Kind regards

Tammy Diles

Head of Patient Experience

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