NHS hospitals have recently had the rug lifted from under their feet, as more and more complaints of how hospitals have treated elderly patients have rolled in.
Even I, a 15 year old girl, have had personal experience of this. In September 2010 my grandma, aged 84, had a serious fall and broke her arm. She went into hospital immediately and was given medical attention very quickly. No problem there.
It was, however, as soon as she could be sent to a rehabilitation centre for physiotherapy, that the problems started.
Basically, at every turn, we had to fight the NHS to keep her in hospital. She clearly wasn’t well and could hardly walk even with assistance, yet the hospital told us repeatedly that she had walked ten metres unassisted- an impossibility, considering her poor health.
Time and time again, we were told that she was ready to go home when she clearly wasn’t.
It seemed that the hospital staff were being deliberately unhelpful. This continued until she eventually died in August- after almost a year of being thrown from hospital to hospital, each desperate to get rid of her, when she was blatantly not ready to leave.
She fell out of her hospital bed in the end- I suspect because the nurses never came when you pressed the button- because the bed didn’t have cot guards, and died of a head injury.
I try not to be too angry about this, but I just don’t want the same to happen to anyone else.
So what needs to change?
Our attitude to the elderly. Put simply, our country has no respect or decency for its elders and quite frankly, some of the things I saw in the elderly sections of the hospital whilst visiting my grandma were appalling.
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