Day 3Only day 3 and I'm struggling to contain my rage levels! The patient care on this ward has never exactly been good but it's getting worse. One of the ladies on the ward has her toenails half on, half off due to her condition, they won't let her walk around the ward without slippers on (health and safety apparently!) this is increasing her pain considerably as they are lifted from the nail bed they catch on her slippers, the only thing they are giving her is oil to soak her feet in! It's pathetic! Watching someone struggling to walk, with tears streaming down her face because of the extra pain having her slippers on causes is just heartbreaking, how on earth this acceptable is beyond me but hey, rules is rules! It used to be that drains in the skin ward were cleaned regularly, not any more! Now they are dealt with as and when they block up, this means I ended up ankle deep in water and gunk from myself this morning and of course what ever crap was in the drain already, delightful, anyone fancy an infection? We have had urine samples in cardboard containers left in the bathroom for three days in a row now, we do the sample, tell em it's there, they forget or just don't bother to collect them, by the time they do we need to do fresh ones as they've been sitting there so long, the fresh ones then sit there for a day the whole stupid process is repeated, I've mentioned to the nurses three times so far today that these samples are there but as the day marches on still they are there. One of the ladies in my bay has mobility problems, they dump what passes for food on the table at the end of her bed out of her reach and walk away, so we sort it and move the table to her but why can't they do that? It's not exactly rocket science is it??? It isn't so much that we mind our food getting colder (it arrives lukewarm at best) but it's an infection control issue, we shouldn't be doing it for that reason! You used to be tested for MRSA on arrival, until you had the all clear you were kept separate, so those that carry it don't infect those with wounds but as that no long happens it's well dodgy! I want to complain but I know full well that not only is it unlikely to do any good but it also makes it more likely I'll be treated less well on subsequent visits, I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place, whatever I do it's a lose lose situation.
Illiteratetroll 46-50 9 Responses 7 Dec 9, 2012