"Shocking palliative care experience"
About: Wantirna Health / Palliative Care Inpatient Unit Wantirna Health Palliative Care Inpatient Unit Wantirna 3152
Posted by unacceptable care (as ),
My mother was admitted to Wantirna Palliative Care after 2 weeks in Epworth Hospital. She had developed secondary cancers in the bowel and lungs. She was first diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. We were initially happy that my mum would be in a palliative care unit and would receive high care in her final days. We were told by her oncologist that she had 7 to 10 days to live. My mother was moved to 4 different rooms in the 10 days that she was at Wantirna. On the 7th day, she was moved into a two bed ward with a male patient (my sibling and I were very upset as the male patient was mobile and our mother was incapacitated). This was after I argued about Mum being sent home after 7 days. The doctor had told her that she could go home without consulting with the family (this was after I explained to them on admission that my father also had cancer and was very unwell). I called a meeting (which the doctor did not attend) and insisted on a cognitive test. My mother was severely cognitively impaired and had lost 4 to 6 kilograms since being admitted. I don't know the exact weight loss as she was not weighed and her eating was not monitored. My mum died last year (10 days after being admitted) and it has taken me until today to actually write about what a shocking experience we had at Wantirna Palliative Care.