No Ageism in the NHS

Hospital bed in corridor

Hospital bed in corridor

Following on from my last post, it seems it’s not just the elderly we don’t Care for.

My step-daughter (aged 30) had to go into hospital a couple of weeks ago with what was found to be the Novovirus. She was in for a couple of days then discharged and told to rest.

On Monday just gone she became ill again and on Tuesday was admitted to a different hospital where she was put on a drip but left in a corridor for about 5 hours while they waited for a bed to become available. It wasn’t quite as bad as the picture above but this really shouldn’t be happening.

When I visited her that evening it looked like she would be in for at least a week with a recovery period after that. She even cancelled an upcoming holiday on that basis. As I was leaving I saw posters along the corridors about how well patients are treated etc and how patients, staff and visitors are treated with respect and dignity – you know the sort of stuff.

There was also one that said “We want you to choose this hospital” which I thought was a bit strange because when you get sent to a hospital you’re not really likely to be picky. The ironic thing was, the next day they asked her why she was at this hospital and not at the same one as before – she’d been so ill the ambulance took her there!

They then said she was being discharged as she hadn’t actually been sick again (probably because of the anti-sickness tablets) and they needed the bed. In fact she was immediately turfed out of the bed and made to wait in a communal room for her husband to pick her up – is that a good idea when you have a transmittable illness?

So no ageism here – you’ll be treated badly whatever your age.

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One Response to “No Ageism in the NHS”

  1. Barbara Says:

    what a terrible way to be treated, unbelievable.

    I must say in all honestly that as an outpatient at different hospitals over the last few years I have had good treatment.

    But as an inpatient over the years I have had very good and not so good treatment.

    Nurses Stations have a lot to answer for, and I would suggest they should be taken away.

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