About: Furness General Hospital Furness General Hospital Barrow-In-Furness LA14 4LF
Posted by Anonymous
One of my family members was admitted to the hospital and it became apparent almost immediately how over worked the nurses were, they were overstretched because of the lack of resources and man power.
On the first night of my family member stay I had to give a sponge bath to them because the nurses had no time and said one couldn't be given to morning, even through they were sweating to the point where the bed was damp. Furthermore, we were asked to wash the nightgowns and bring in bandages to the nurses for the wound to be dressed. It felt like we were subsidizing a portion of the care where the hospital should have been in charge. This, in a time where the norovirus is spreading like wildfire is a worrying thought as simply touching a surface can spread the virus.
The wound in which was being treated was meant to be redressed twice a day to reduce the infection but on multiple occasions it was changed only once because the nurses were too busy. One nurse on duty said clearly without even a shred of sympathy that she didn't want to change it, and she didn't, this was the only rudeness we encountered, the rest were polite but as stated, overworked and it was frustrating to see my family member feel like a burden.
The doctors disagreed on the course of treatment with one another. I'm not entirely sure on the hierarchy of the doctors but what I gathered was the newer doctor was disagreeing with the more experienced doctor and because of this the treatment was delayed whilst a course was chosen, this went on for several days. Although the problem was eventually resolved it could have been a lot smoother and less stressful.
All in all, this was a very stressful experience and I hope nobody has to ever endure it as well.
Good luck to you all.