Really we thought that gone were the days of older people being kept for hours on trolleys in hospital corridors, sadly this appears not to be the case. Ethel my neighbour of 85’s friend, Sally 80, has just related her sad experience.
Having fallen, Sally was taken to her local hospital, here she spent eight hours on a trolley. having sustained a fractured patella, ( broken knee-cap for those who may not know the medical term, )Sally was then transferred to Stoke Mandeville Hospital. All went reasonabely well until the night before Sally was due to be discharged. She was woken up at 11pm and told that her bed was required, she would therefore have to be transferred to another hospital.
Can you imagine how distressing it must be to be woken up and told you have to go to another hospital. Really is that any way to treat anyone, never mind ladies in their eightieth year? Surely this is no way to run a health service.
Ethel is of the opinion that it is rediculous to stop older people smoking and drinking alcohol. She thinks it would make more sence for both to be available to over 70s at a reduced rate, which would she thinks increase the death rate for older people, after all she says there aren’t the resources to provide for us. As a one time orthopaedic sister who spent many years caring for others, this is a very sad reflection on life as she sees it.
Her own experiences have led her to this sad conclusion, having herself fallen and sustained fractures to her tibia on one leg and ankle on the other. Surgery to her ankle left her with a rotated joint which she was assured would improve with physiotherapy……she was aware it would make no difference and told the surgeon that if she’d been younger he might have made a better job of it!! She is now in constant pain with little or no faith left in the NHS.
These two intelligent, courageous women feel let down and abandoned.
Can’t we do better than this? Its time our older patients were listened to and taken notice of and not treated like pieces of baggage to be moved from pillar to post.
The names but not experiences are fictitious.
Having fallen she was transported to her local hospital, where she spent eight hours on a trolley, she had sustained a fractured patella – broken knee-cap for those not familiar with the medical terminology. She was then transported to Stoke Mandeville hospital where she was operated on. All went reasonably well until the night before she was due to be discharged home.
At 11pm, Sally was woken by a nurse and told they required her bed and she would have to be transferred to another hospital!!
Is this really the way to treat older patients, or any patients come to that?
Ethel – who has been an orthopaedic ward sister, is completly baffled as to why there is so much emphasis on stopping smoking and drinking. It is her considered opinion that rather than stop everyone those over 70 should be given reduced cigarettes and alcohol as they would die earlier as there appears to be no wish to provide for the older population.