THE story of a Bulwell pensioner whose personal alarm was taken away despite being in severe pain in hospital is revealed in a report.
The Patients Association has published a report of appallingly poor care in hospitals around the country. The report features 16 patients, one of whom is Leslie Kirk, then 86, who was admitted to City Hospital in October 2007, due to a blocked catheter and a mild stroke. His son talks below about the poor care he received
“Toilets were not cleaned properly with faeces clearly left from several previous uses. ..My father’s swallowing wasn’t safe because of his stroke but drinks or orange juice and water were supplied when the counter instruction over the bed was nil by mouth.
We saw soiled and dirty linen left on floors and mixed with fresh supplies..His catheter bag was not changed when it was full, sometimes after nursing staff had seen it needed changing…
Patients didn’t seem to be getting enough assistance with eating and drinking…When we tried to bring our concerns to members of staff we felt they were either off-hand or just ignored the points we were raising.”
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