"Attitude not comforting or supportive"
About: Forth Valley Royal Hospital Forth Valley Royal Hospital Larbert FK5 4WR
Posted by EML17 (as ),
Following a long month of my dad being unwell and an excellent stay in ward B23, we looked for help and advice from our GP. We Arrived at CDU after receiving excellent family centred care at home from our GP. The Staff in CDU were very abrupt and quick to put relatives out of the unit and into the waiting room, advising it would be a 4-6 hour wait. This is extremely inappropriate when you are worried about your family member. You are left in a waiting room with no idea what is happening to your loved one. As a nurse myself I understand the reasons behind this but I strongly believe at a stressful time when you seek medical help you need a relative with you. It would be understandable to restrict this to 1 relative per patient but I think to leave a patient sitting alone is completely ridiculous.
My dad was disorientated and confused so I was worried he forgot information or got mixed up. When my dad phoned me to pick him up I returned to the unit to get a mixed up story of what was happening due to his confusion. I then had to confirm with the doctor what medication he was on and what his plan of care was. We then heard the clerk asking if he was fasted for his ultrasound which we knew nothing about. When asking nursing staff their attitude was not the slightest comforting or supportive. I understand staff are under a lot of pressure and stress but care and compassion should always remain the most important factor. We were then told he was to come back early the next morning for the ultrasound and when I advised the nurse that nobody could get him there and he can’t drive due to his current health we were told ‘that was something we would just have to figure out’. He was then given a prescription for the same antibiotics he was on, which weren’t helping.
I feel the patient journey would have been a lot smoother if a relative was able to stay as then we would have a clearer idea of what was happening. If the patient is happy for a relative to be present with them then medical/nursing staff should have no issues. I understand issues with space etc, but patient care should be paramount. I felt some of the staff should try not to be so upsetting towards family members. As a worried daughter I left the unit extremely upset and unsatisfied.