My husband had a long medical history of health problems. He endured a considerable amount of pain bur never complained.
Then his memory was a little slow, he dropped things and fell over. Our local GP arranged for him to be admitted to the Bays Hospital in Mornington Vic. I feel the doctor who admitted him saw his age, and saw he didn't know what day it was so he diagnosed Altzheimer's Disease.
My husband rallied for a few days and then his condition worsened. He couldn't ring the bell to call for help. I arrived to find him in the toilet and he asked me for help. I rang the bell - twice. It seemed to me that his nurse was busy, so despite the fact that it appeared there were five nurses sitting nearby no one attended to him for almost half an hour.
I feel the doctor did not communicate well. He asked if I could handle him at home, or should he be put in a nursing home. My husband had had torn out his catheter. He hadn't had a shower because, according to a nurse attending him, he didn't want one. The next day I arrived and he was standing by his bed trying to tear his clothes off while it seemed the nurses just watched but did nothing.
I rang my brother, and he had him transferred, by ambulance, to Freemason's Hospital. When I visited him there an oncologist had diagnosed the return of his lymphoma. He had a nurse with him 24 hours a day. He was washed, turned and massaged every 2 hours. He was given pain relief and tranquillisers. The nurses talked to him as they attended to him. He died 5 days later, pain free and at peace.
"Nurses seem to be too busy to attend my husband at Bays Hospital Mornington"
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