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Stafford Hospital by Spursfan on 24 February 2010 7:22pm
You will no doubt have seen (in the UK at least)all the hoo-ha about Stafford Hospital and patient neglect.

I would like to put another point of view.

Nearly 16 years ago I was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, a chronic disease. Since then I have been treated at Stafford Hospital; the longest I go between appointments is 12 weeks but if I have a 'flare' (relapse) it can be as little as two weeks or even a week.

I have always been treated with the utmost kindness and care. When first diagnosed I went through a series of tests such as CT and MRI and ultrasound scans as there can be underlying cancer (thank goodness none was found). Not an inch of me was left untested.

I have had to have two liver biopsies because of the (normal) medication for this illness - the last one only 3 months ago - and each time had to stay in the day ward for a day, flat on my back for four hours then sitting up for a few more. During this time I was able to watch the staff and I can tell you now that the place was scrupiously clean. And as I have found all along, the staff were attentive and kind, with a smile for everyone.

When a patient left (as some of them only needed to be in bed for an hour or so) the beds were stripped and the mattresses thoroughly washed down before being re-made with fresh sheets. The floors etc were clean and in fact I witnessed them being mopped.

It just makes me so mad that a hospital where I have had nothing but the very best care should be criticised in this way.
Re: Stafford Hospital by johnnythemonkey on 24 February 2010 10:52pm
Well Anne, here is some reasons for the criticism.

From The BBC :
A hospital's "appalling" emergency care resulted in patients dying needlessly, the NHS watchdog has said.

About 400 more people died at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2008 than would be expected, the Healthcare Commission said.

From The Guardian:
"An independent report commissioned by the Government found that patients were abused and neglected by hostile staff and were left in humiliating and undignified conditions. The impact on them was “unimaginable”, the report said.

Patients, most of whom were treated at the trust’s main hospital in Stafford, were “robbed of their dignity”, left in soiled bedclothes, unwashed and in states of undress in full view of others, it found.

Families of patients had to clean lavatories and public areas themselves, while food and drinks were left out of reach and, it was alleged, patients drank out of vases. "

But at least you were treated alright Anne.
Re: Stafford Hospital by Spursfan on 25 February 2010 3:45pm
I have also been treated in Casualty or the Emergency room as it is now called I think (suspected appendicitis).

Again I was treated well, no waiting time at all just straight into a cubicle, where I was immediately seen by a doctor, taken up to x-ray, then into a bed on a ward. The Casualty docs checked on me in the night (frightening me to death in the process!!) to make sure I was ok.

All the time this was going on (and I was in AGONY) the staff were friendly and attentive.

I honestly believe these stories (re Stafford Hospital) to be exaggerated beyond belief.

It isn't as though I am not familiar with the hospital - I have spent time there on the gynae (several, once for 2 weeks); day; and surgical wards. My husband also spent a week on the high dependency heart ward after a heart attack, and my mother was on a high dependency ward at one point (she was in her 80s and had a sodium deficiency thanks to the nursing home she was in). My grandchildren have also been on the children's ward and of course they were born there. So I am not coming at this from the viewpoint of someone who does not know the hospital.

I had a birthday card made for me by nurses when I was in over my birthday (AND Easter) and am always greeted by 'hellos' smiles.

Re: Stafford Hospital by johnnythemonkey on 25 February 2010 10:26pm
It is now being estimated that the number of unnecessary deaths at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2008 could be as high as 1,200.
Re: Stafford Hospital by kazzzz on 26 February 2010 7:58am
That's terrible! Is some sort of enquiry going on then?
Re: Stafford Hospital by Spursfan on 2 March 2010 3:49pm
Just to let you know I have had my pro-Stafford Hospital letter printed in the Daily Mail today.

Re: Stafford Hospital by johnnythemonkey on 2 March 2010 3:52pm
It's not in the Scottish edition Anne.
Re: Stafford Hospital by Spursfan on 2 March 2010 4:32pm
Isn't it? Pah!!

Re: Stafford Hospital by bIG bLOGGER on 2 March 2010 4:57pm
Spursfan: Good work,Anne!
You only recently had a star letter printed in The Daily Mail about Tosun; now another letter printed,pro-Stafford DGH! This Hospital certainly needs all the friends it can get!!
I assume then you won't be taking tea with Julie Bailey,at her Breaks Cafe,any time soon!! :)

There have been TWO Inquiries so far,one by The Health Commission,and the second which was only published as a Report Paper a few days ago,was chaired by Robert Francis,Q.C.,and heard evidence from over 800 witnesses.

Julie Bailey,who founded the local lobbying group CURE THE NHS,is calling for a full Public Inquiry into the unnecessary deaths,otherwise,she says if she doesn't get one,she will commence private prosecutions for malfeasance.

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