"My consultant surgeon's professionalism ..."
About: Royal Hallamshire Hospital Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield S10 2JF
Posted by Anne (as ),
What I liked
My consultant surgeon's professionalism and attitude. Cannot praise him highly enough for his straightforward yet sensitive manner to me, a very anxious patient.
Some of the nurses,too, showed respect for my dignity and desire for privacy, and were very kind and helpful. I am very grateful to them for their care and consideration.
The domestic staff were exceptional - they remembered individual patients' preferences and offered comfort - and biscuits - during the evening when they came round.
What could be improved
Some nurses talked very loudly so everyone in the ward could hear everything that was being said in a cubicle. Not very respectful or dignified!
I had to ask for pain relief and then wait for it instead of being kept "topped up", which wasn't acceptable practice.
If mobile phones are not allowed, as notices say and my information leaflet decreed, why did everyone else in my ward have them and use them all day - very anti-social.
When it comes to choice, the gap between theory and practice is quite wide. I was offered the choice of general or regional anaesthesia, but at the last minute my choice was taken away from me. The anaesthetist said he would come back for my decision in a few minutes, I was then given more sedation and woke in recovery to find I had no feeling or movement in the lower half of my body, which was very frightening
Asked how I wanted to be addressed, I said I would prefer "Mrs. ..." But apart from my consultant, everyone called me either by my Christian name, or pet. love, sweetheart, darling or flower.
What is the point of offering choice if that choice is not respected?
On balance, I would recommend the hospital but there are are some aspects that need improving, especially with regard to patients' feelings of vulnerability and their power to choose.