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NHS gone to the dogs?[updated 12th May]

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AnnCardiff Report 11 Mar 2013 13:44

My friend's daughter underwent a double mastectomy on Friday last at Morriston Hospital in Swansea - she's only in her thirties, never been a smoker or drinker, healthy diet, although gluten and dairy product free

She's had no breakfast supplied by the hosptal since admission - they have no dairy or gluten free meals - she was offered an omelette and thought "well that won't hurt me - one egg - however, on starting to eat it she realised it was a cheese omelette

the woman in the adjoining bed has Alzheimers - very sad indeed - but this morning my friend was awoken by this woman having climbed on to her bed just about to urinate on her - fortunately she called for help ad nurses removed the woman

what a scenario - I'm sure if my friend needed halal food or kosher, they would have had it


Merlin Report 11 Mar 2013 13:47

There,s no excuse for that, most Hospitals have "Diet Chefs" or at least they used to have.Should complain to the Hospital Administrator.**M**.


GlitterBaby Report 11 Mar 2013 13:48

The one place that you thought could have catered for gluten and dairy free meals.

Hope the rest of her treatment is at a better standard


~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 11 Mar 2013 13:52

AnnC....that is terrible and as Merlin says "no excuse". Does this mean she's had no food since admission??

Poor girl as if the operation alone is'nt enough for her to deal with, she should be treated properly!!
And yes l agree all other diets would be catered for or the hospital would be in trouble!!

hope things improve for her

jude x


AnnCardiff Report 11 Mar 2013 13:52

well the surgical side of things appear to have gone very well thank goodness


Penny Report 11 Mar 2013 13:53

Why cant she have cornflakes?Isn't an omelette usuallymade with eggs and milk anyway?


AnnCardiff Report 11 Mar 2013 13:53

family have taken food in for her


OneFootInTheGrave Report 11 Mar 2013 13:55

That is a sad reflection on what is happening to the NHS these days, you said she had to call for help, do they no longer have nursing stations actually on the wards ?

I am nearly 70 and I actually dread the thought of having to go into hospital :-(


Porkie_Pie Report 11 Mar 2013 14:01

OFTG, modern wards are not "old style" like barrack blocks, They do have nurses stations but because of privacy and dignity issues patients are not all visible from the nurses station



Merlin Report 11 Mar 2013 14:08

Meybe if they did as they are supposed to i/e segregate the wards (Male /Female) they could go back to the system where the nursing station was at the centre of the wards and they could observe the patients easier.**M**


OneFootInTheGrave Report 11 Mar 2013 14:13

Don't really see the point of having a nursing station if nurses cannot see the patients :-S


Porkie_Pie Report 11 Mar 2013 14:15

Merlin, That would add to costs and not addressing the problem of privacy and dignity.

The nurses station is not their just in order that the nurses can see patients, It is a work station for other duties to be carried out, I don't think people realise that nurses today are not the same as portrayed in films and as we remember from yours ago, modern nurses have far more responsibility and a very high work load compared to that of days gone by



AnnCardiff Report 11 Mar 2013 14:21

I too dread going into hospital - things are going from bad to worse - in the last two weeks I've had multiple tests and X-rays - rang GP today to see if results are in - yes they are - concerns re X-ray results and concerns re one of the bloods - GP will ring me on Wednesday afternoon to discuss!!! Obviously not life-threatening, but what am I to think until then?

son still waiting for an URGENT MIR scan from last year - he required an op the week before last which could not be carried out with looking at an MRI scan first - no one knows why the scan has taken so long - GP has promised that if nothing was confirmed by today regarding the scan he would deal with it - yes - I bet he will

This would have been the 12th op for my son on the same thing and still they can't get it right


OneFootInTheGrave Report 11 Mar 2013 14:22

AnnCardiff, sorry I forgot to wish your friend's daughter a speedy recovery :-)


AnnCardiff Report 11 Mar 2013 14:26

that's kind of you - she has two little boys and has been so upbeat about all this - she's only little, about a size 6 or 8 - she has a lovely husband and family and they are all rooting for her - makes you wonder where on earth these cancers come from

they now say she may be going home today which I think is good cos the longer anyone is in hospital the more at risk they seem to be from other infections


AnnCardiff Report 11 Mar 2013 14:44

well I just got myself very nicely worked up so done my usual thing - fired a letter off to the local newspaper - South Wales Echo and shall also send it to a national newspaper too


something just has to be done before this all goes that step too far

my friend's daughter is presently in a Swansea hospital having undergone a double mastectomy last Friday - a young woman with a very young family - she has a dairy and gluten free diet but has been unable to have breakfast at the hospital as they have no dairy and gluten free food!!!! She was offered an omelette and thought one egg wouldn't hurt, but when she inspected it, turned out it was a cheese omelette

Do you think patients requiring halal or kosher or vegetarian food would be starved

the woman in the next bed has Alzheimers, very sad, but friend woken this morning by said woman climbing on her bed about to urinate on her - she cried for help and staff removed the woman

my son has been waiting since last December for an urgent MRI scan - he required an operation last week but this could not be carried out without first seeing the MRI scan - this would have been the 12th identical operation for the same problem - th GP has indicated that if nothing is done by today he will organise the MRI scan - do I believe that? definitely not

during the past two weeks I have undergone various tests and X-rays - rang GP today to ask about results - apparently there are concerns regarding one of the blood tests and the x-rays - a GP will give me a call next Wednesday to discuss - so what am I to think in the meantime, obviously not life-threatening but worrying just the same

Now these events are just in my very small family and circle of friends - makes one wonder what the full pcture looks like

with regard to my son, I have sent letters far and wide, two to the hospital manager, two to the Welsh Assembly, one to the Minister of Health and for good measure, a copy to David Cameron. And have I received even an acknowledgement to any of these letters? No, of course I haven't


Von Report 11 Mar 2013 14:59

A relative of mine had the same thing at Withy Bush re the gluten and dairy free.
Her husband took food in for her.

Best Wishes to your friends daughter and to your son.
Take care


~`*`Jude`*`~ Report 11 Mar 2013 15:44

Ann....good for you, l do hope you get some responses.

Take care

jude xx


AnnCardiff Report 11 Mar 2013 17:08

I shall keep you posted!!!


AnnCardiff Report 11 Mar 2013 19:16

well shock, horror and slap my thigh!!!! son's MRI scan scheduled for a week Wednesday