About: Queen Victoria Hospital (East Grinstead) Queen Victoria Hospital (East Grinstead) East Grinstead RH19 3DZ
Posted by Mandie2012
What I liked
Leaving.......and never looking back!
What could be improved
My 100 year old nan had to have her finger amputated due to cancer. As Nan was diabetic she had not eaten since 6.00pm the previous evening. We were up at 4.00am, collected Nan at 6.00am and eventually got to the right ward at 8.20am (after being ignored by nursing staff and greeted with no smile by all staff). We were told that due to Nan's age and being diabetic she would be first on the list, but then the nursing staff decided that she would be third, then second, then third, then second again. Nan went down at 11.55am and the operation started at 1.00pm as we had to wait for lunch breaks etc and extremely rude nurses. When we got back from the Spitfire cafe a Nurse was helping Nan with utilities and could not believe that none of the ward nurses were helping, she was apologetic about the nursing staff and said 'they're not a lot of help'. Whilst Nan was recovering no nursing staff came and did post op checks on her, and it was left for us to tell them and organise something to eat and drink from the Cafe as by this time Nan had not had anything to eat and drink for 20hrs. No nursing came round until we asked them to, we undressed and dressed her and attended to her needs. I went round to the Nurses station and asked about discharge anti-biotics and was told rather abruptly that 'this was in hand'. 45 minutes later we were still waiting and my mother went round, 15 minutes after that the Patient Transport driver went and asked as they were holding him up. The place is awful, dirty and out of date and the staff seem to be in another world and rude!
Having a foreign Nurse didn't help as her language skill was nil and doesn't inspire Patient/Relative confidence when she claims she cannot understand a word of English until you ask for her manager!