"Concerns about nursing care at Russells Hall"
About: Russells Hall Hospital / General medicine Russells Hall Hospital General medicine DY1 2HQ
Posted by lithos53 (as ),
I was admitted to the acute stroke ward with a suspected minor stroke during the night in late 2010. Throughout my stay, I was given no reassurance by the medical staff I encountered who seemed so concerned about misdiagnosis that they weren't even prepared to discuss possibilities, so I was left to fear the worst.
The patient opposite me was in a very poor state and was unresponsive when breakfast was brought in. When a member of staff appeared to clear away, she asked what she should do with the gentleman's uneaten breakfast. A therapist attending a patient in the bed next to mine instructed her to remove the uneaten food - the man was therefore denied his meal because no-one would help him to eat it.
Another patient who was unable to walk unaided or to shout for help had been put to bed, but his call button had been placed out of reach. I saw him struggling to get out of bed. I went over to him, and he managed to communicate that he needed the toilet. I went to find some help, only to find seven staff at the nurses' station: it wasn't a shift changeover, they weren't being briefed, each was occupied separately on computers or writing notes, reflecting the priorities in their work.
I was very glad to be discharged the following day, even though it was sudden and without warning - I didn't feel safe in this hospital.