"I was surprised mum was considered 'fit for discharge'"
About: Raigmore Hospital / Geriatric Assessment Raigmore Hospital Geriatric Assessment IV2 3UJ
Posted by Callthiscare (as ),
My mother aged 88 had been unwell with UTI one Thursday and Friday in April. She suffered as a consequence many partial seizures and was off legs. She was admitted to GA.
On the Sunday I visited her and found her to be very confused. I notified nursing staff who arranged for a junior doctor to see her. I was told that they would do more blood tests in the morning Imagine my surprise when I was told over the phone that mum was fit for discharge and that they were sending her home as soon as could be arranged. I told them that I couldn't come and get her and was surprised that she was considered fit for discharge. I was contacted again to say they would be sending her home in a taxi. This they did. Mum arrived home in her night clothes and slippers having travelled 40 miles in a taxi with a man she didn't know. She was confused when she arrived home and her dentures were not to be found. I phoned the ward and they had not got her dentures.
I am a Practice Nurse and have been a nurse in many hospitals and care home settings. In my entire 40 years as a nurse I have not seen anything like this before.
Her first 2 nights home she was frail confused and I was needing to set my alarm clock every 2 hours to get up and help her to the toilet. Plus go to work the next day.
I am appalled at this. Mum was not better from her UTI and needed another subsequent course of antibiotics before she became well. In addition to this I have had to arrange dental appointment for this frail old lady to have her teeth replaced. This of course will incur the cost of the replacement of over £112