"My father at Blackpool Victoria Hospital"

About: Blackpool Victoria Hospital / Older people's healthcare

(as a relative),

My father has terminal cancer and is nearing the end of his life, he also has other conditions and ailments hence there is no treatment being given for the cancer.

His first visit to BVH was the beginning of October when he was admitted to the ward with swallowing and breathing difficulties. After three days there he still had his own clothes on and had not been changed, not even when he went to have a stent inserted into his throat, and his prosthetic leg had not been removed, consequently upon getting home after dischrage at 7pm his leg smelt terrible and the stump needed dressing by my mother.

A stent was inserted but no follow up appointment was ever made to access his condition.

Myself wife mother and my two children visited him the day after on a side ward with 6 patients, this is when my son pointed out that the man opposite did not seem to be breathing, i went to look and he had indeed died, i alerted this to the nurses who had already looked at the patient earlier and they were concerned it had not been spotted and closed the curtains around him and left him, it would seem to me that if a patient on a ward is near to death that they should be moved to a private room.

In January he was again admitted with breathing problems, and was then discharged with a needle still in his arm.

In February he was admitted to a different ward with a suspected blocked stent and breathing problems and severe headaches.

He was accessed to see if the could walk and swallow ok and after been told 6 times that day that they were bringing him home i finally had to collect him at 6.45 at night.

When getting home his sock was soaking and his leg was very blistered, the ward was called and within 20 minutes we had to take him back to the ward.

The next day the doctor said that the leg was swollen and said he needed water tablets and was not concerned, but would access him the next day, he did not seem pleased we had brought him back despite been told to take him back.

He seemed unwilling to believe that despite them telling us he could walk ok i had to lift him out the car and into a wheel chair as he could not support himself or walk and was very confused.

The doctor said that we cannot continue to keep coming back with my father so many times and they may transfer him to a different hospital or even a nursing home.

I believe this attitude is disgusting towards an elderly dying man.

The dates are approx but specific dates can be given

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Response from NHS Blackpool

Thank you for bringing the treatment of your father whilst in hospital to our attention here at NHS Blackpool. We have contacted the hospital directly on your behalf and asked for a prompt response to the issues you have raised. Your post has also been sent to our Nursing and Quality Team in order that they can discuss the points raised directly with the hospital ward staff. Can we please thank you once again for bringing this to our attention

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