- the care my husband received from the nurses was good. There were problems with his care - one being staff shortages which meant I ended up changing my husbands dressings and caring for him outside of normal medical duties performed by the nursing team. I ended up offering to pay for any extras such as extra dressings (which I did pay for) and a larger bed - overall the care was good within what could be provided with the resources available.
There also seemed to be a lack of communication between staff teams which makes me worry whether things could have been missed.
Our children are under 14 and were therefore not allowed onto the ward - there was no allowances made even though my husband was touch and go and it was his wish to see his children before passing away - he didn't get to see them.
Some of the equipment was faulty - they had to try 3 machines before getting a proper heart reading from my husband as each one was giving different readings - staff acknowledged faulty machines but continued to do their best.
I finally managed to get a larger bed for my husband after his existing bed was leaving grid marks on his body - the head nurse had to get permission via a meeting before this was granted - again I offered to pay for one myself as it was required.
My husband was going to fund raise money for the ward once he got better, but isn't able to do this now.
to go for my splints I have to be referred by GP. New splints or repair to existing splints, makes the process longer when it shouldn’t be. Referred by GP for physio when actually that was the wrong department. The hospital doesn’t communicated very well between the departments, otherwise they would know what was appropriate for me as I am a well known patient.