"Great care but soured at the end."
Posted by ForbesFolly (as ),
My partner was admitted to Ward 54 in early 2018 very ill with advanced lung cancer and died from pneumonia there. The doctors and nurses were all fabulous and his care was exceptional. The following day after he passed, I went to collect his belongings to take them home, and after taking 3 days to muster up the courage to take them out of the car, I discovered that the clothes he had died in were stuffed inside. Why don't the Wards ask if a) you want the clothes that your loved one died in returned (or incinerated) and b) why don't they give families the option to pack up their loved one's stuff into a suitcase or something instead of being thrust a bunch of blue plastic bugs. It feels very insensitive, I feel as though the deceased person ceases to be a person and it made me feel part of a conveyor belt. I know the wards are busy, you need the beds but there's no excuse. Does the Western not have a handover bag policy? Some other hospitals do. I can't say enough for how the staff cared for my partner but that really soured things at the end.