Praise for hospital

First published in Letters by

DESPITE my eulogising earlier this year about York Hospital and my treatment there, I feel there is no such thing as “too much praise”.

I read with ever-growing incredulity the reports of hospitals from hell and realise how fortunate we are to have the marvellous hospital we do.

Last year I had the misfortune to suffer a stroke. Fortunately, apart from loss of balance (which superb physiotherapy at the hospital went a long way to restoring) I am virtually back to normal and can get out and about on my push-bike once more.

Most people look on the day of discharge with great excitement, but I knew I would be leaving the wonderful food and have to go back to those dreadful meals at my own home.

Why dreadful? Simple, because I would be preparing them myself.

There were several follow-up visits until I was signed off (academic as I’m retired), and that was the end of my experience of a very caring hospital and marvellous staff.

So, be very thankful that we have such a wonderful hospital. Should you have to be admitted, you will be in safe hands.

Philip Roe, Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge.

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10:42am Mon 19 Nov 12

Sillybillies says...

You are very lucky, the experience of many is that you are lucky to have survived the appalling food and care verging on gross negligence.
You are very lucky, the experience of many is that you are lucky to have survived the appalling food and care verging on gross negligence. Sillybillies
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3:29pm Mon 19 Nov 12

CHISSY1 says...

Sillybillies wrote:
You are very lucky, the experience of many is that you are lucky to have survived the appalling food and care verging on gross negligence.
"A fantastic Hospital and staff,speaking from experience.And it was not luck".
[quote][p][bold]Sillybillies[/bold] wrote: You are very lucky, the experience of many is that you are lucky to have survived the appalling food and care verging on gross negligence.[/p][/quote]"A fantastic Hospital and staff,speaking from experience.And it was not luck". CHISSY1
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7:02pm Mon 19 Nov 12

sheps lad says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
Sillybillies wrote:
You are very lucky, the experience of many is that you are lucky to have survived the appalling food and care verging on gross negligence.
"A fantastic Hospital and staff,speaking from experience.And it was not luck".
For once CHISSY1 I agree with you. Billy Boy just stirring things up!
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sillybillies[/bold] wrote: You are very lucky, the experience of many is that you are lucky to have survived the appalling food and care verging on gross negligence.[/p][/quote]"A fantastic Hospital and staff,speaking from experience.And it was not luck".[/p][/quote]For once CHISSY1 I agree with you. Billy Boy just stirring things up! sheps lad
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7:12pm Mon 19 Nov 12

hustler says...

Can't complain whatsoever about the hospital or the staff. Been an inpatient several times and regularly attend two outpatients clinics. No one wants to have to spend any time in or at a hospital, but the facilities we have in York are, in my opinion, some of the best in the country.
Can't complain whatsoever about the hospital or the staff. Been an inpatient several times and regularly attend two outpatients clinics. No one wants to have to spend any time in or at a hospital, but the facilities we have in York are, in my opinion, some of the best in the country. hustler
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7:29pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Buzz Light-year says...

sheps lad wrote:
CHISSY1 wrote:
Sillybillies wrote: You are very lucky, the experience of many is that you are lucky to have survived the appalling food and care verging on gross negligence.
"A fantastic Hospital and staff,speaking from experience.And it was not luck".
For once CHISSY1 I agree with you. Billy Boy just stirring things up!
As per.
[quote][p][bold]sheps lad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sillybillies[/bold] wrote: You are very lucky, the experience of many is that you are lucky to have survived the appalling food and care verging on gross negligence.[/p][/quote]"A fantastic Hospital and staff,speaking from experience.And it was not luck".[/p][/quote]For once CHISSY1 I agree with you. Billy Boy just stirring things up![/p][/quote]As per. Buzz Light-year
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4:42pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Sillybillies says...

Keep believing what a great place it is if it makes you happy.
William Wood, a married father-of-three who had always enjoyed good health, was admitted to York district hospital on 17 December last year after finding it increasingly hard to breathe. Swine flu concerns saw the 52-year-old put in a room on his own until his illness was identified as pneumonia and he began receiving oxygen.

"In my opinion during this time he received no nursing care at all; his breathing was getting worse and Bill felt that he was not receiving the attention that he needed," his wife Sheila claimed in the latest report from the Patients Association, We've Been Listening, Have You Been Learning?

She continued: "He told me that at one point during the night of 18 December he pressed the emergency button because his breathing had become so laboured he felt he was gasping for his life. It was a full 15 minutes before anyone responded to him. To take so long to answer when a patient is known to have breathing difficulties is atrocious. He could have died in that time."

She alleged that he and his family were also not told what was being done to tackle his condition and he received no help when his ankles, legs became swollen.

He was suddenly discharged on 22 December. "I was at a loss to understand how someone who needed oxygen to manage his breathing difficulties could suddenly, and without warning, be judged to be healthy enough to be discharged from hospital. He wasn't even able to walk to the car he was so ill," she recalled. Three days later, on Christmas Day, at home with his family, he collapsed and died.

His wife cannot understand why medical staff did not realise how dangerously unwell he was. "The coroner's report showed my husband had chronic pneumonia, with one lung completely solid and another three parts solid. In a modern hospital, with all of the resources available to them, how does that get missed? Why was he sent home without any oxygen given that he had been on oxygen throughout his time at hospital?

"I would not wish anyone to have the lack of treatment that I witnessed. I have lost the man of my life, my children have lost the best father ever and it was all so unnecessary, had the right care and attention been given."

York teaching hospital NHS foundation trust said it was "profoundly concerned and saddened" by what happened to Wood. Independent experts said that Wood's treatment as an inpatient did not significantly fall short of good clinical practice, but held that there had been "major failings in his clinical assessment at the time of discharge". In a statement the trust said: "Our care fell significantly short in respect of his discharge. We recognise with great regret that this has contributed to so sad an outcome."
Keep believing what a great place it is if it makes you happy. [quote]William Wood, a married father-of-three who had always enjoyed good health, was admitted to York district hospital on 17 December last year after finding it increasingly hard to breathe. Swine flu concerns saw the 52-year-old put in a room on his own until his illness was identified as pneumonia and he began receiving oxygen. "In my opinion during this time [in the side room] he received no nursing care at all; his breathing was getting worse and Bill felt that he was not receiving the attention that he needed," his wife Sheila claimed in the latest report from the Patients Association, We've Been Listening, Have You Been Learning? She continued: "He told me that at one point during the night of 18 December he pressed the emergency button because his breathing had become so laboured he felt he was gasping for his life. It was a full 15 minutes before anyone responded to him. To take so long to answer when a patient is known to have breathing difficulties is atrocious. He could have died in that time." She alleged that he and his family were also not told what was being done to tackle his condition and he received no help when his ankles, legs became swollen. He was suddenly discharged on 22 December. "I was at a loss to understand how someone who needed oxygen to manage his breathing difficulties could suddenly, and without warning, be judged to be healthy enough to be discharged from hospital. He wasn't even able to walk to the car he was so ill," she recalled. Three days later, on Christmas Day, at home with his family, he collapsed and died. His wife cannot understand why medical staff did not realise how dangerously unwell he was. "The coroner's report showed my husband had chronic pneumonia, with one lung completely solid and another three parts solid. In a modern hospital, with all of the resources available to them, how does that get missed? Why was he sent home without any oxygen given that he had been on oxygen throughout his time at hospital? "I would not wish anyone to have the lack of treatment that I witnessed. I have lost the man of my life, my children have lost the best father ever and it was all so unnecessary, had the right care and attention been given." York teaching hospital NHS foundation trust said it was "profoundly concerned and saddened" by what happened to Wood. Independent experts said that Wood's treatment as an inpatient did not significantly fall short of good clinical practice, but held that there had been "major failings in his clinical assessment at the time of discharge". In a statement the trust said: "Our care fell significantly short in respect of his discharge. We recognise with great regret that this has contributed to so sad an outcome."[/quote] Sillybillies
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