"The influence of medication."

About: Hollywood Private Hospital Royal Perth Hospital

(as a relative),

I have recently watched a news report highlighting the trauma and physical abuse experienced by doctors, nurses and staff in general at the Emergency Department at Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia. I felt saddened that these caring and dedicated people have to experience this out of control behaviour and viewing this program has prompted me to relate our story.

This is actually about my late husband. My husband had a fall at home, late one afternoon. He was very elderly and a little unsteady on his feet. He was admitted to the Royal Perth Hospital and settled for the night. He was sleeping peacefully when I left him late that evening.

His niece visited him the following morning to find him completely naked and quite violent. The young staff were equally disturbed and unable to get close enough to help him. We as a family believe that whatever medication my husband was given changed his demeanour completely, as he was a calm and loving man. My husband's behaviour changed dramatically two years earlier when once again he was admitted to hospital (in this case Hollywood Private Hospital). The staff asked me on that occasion if this was my husband's usual behaviour and I explained that this was not normal and what we were witnessing was completely out of character.

I wonder, could there be more education, training and understanding of the effect medication can have on the individual patient? Surely this could only be beneficial to the patient, the family and all staff involved.

My husband's five days in Royal Perth Hospital were very traumatic and we were very grateful when the decision was made for Palliative Care only. He was a Department of Veterans Affairs Patient and so was transferred to Hollywood where he passed away five days later (last year).

My son, on reading this letter said, "Waste of time Mum, but if it makes you happy." It's not about me being happy, but that I have a point to make that might make other's lives better and to feel that I've been heard. It's taken a number of months to finally finish and post this letter.

Hopefully it will be read and maybe it might help someone, somewhere, someday.


Response from Aresh Anwar, Executive Director, Royal Perth Bentley Group 2 years ago
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Aresh Anwar
Executive Director,
Royal Perth Bentley Group

I am a doctor and my job at Royal Perth and Bentley Hospitals is to help co-ordinate all the elements of the hospital to ensure patients get the best clinical outcomes and experience

Submitted on 14/05/2018 at 13:29
Published on Care Opinion at 13:53

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Dear Maybe it will help,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with Royal Perth Hospital (RPH).

It saddens me to read about the traumatic experience that you, your husband and your family experienced when he was admitted to Royal Perth Hospital.

Unfortunately, sometimes medications can have an adverse effect on patients and from what you are describing here, it sounds like such an experienced occurred when your husband stayed here at RPH.

We are doing several pieces of work across the hospital at the moment and one pillar that we are focusing on is the education of our staff. To date we haven’t focused on the adverse effects of some medications and how they may present in different patients, but your post here on Patient Opinion has highlighted that we need to do some more work in this area.

Thank you for your insight and feedback on this, as it is an area I would like to fix and prevent others from experiencing. I will be meeting with our Chief Pharmacist and our education centre to work on ways to educate staff about the adverse side-effects of medications.

Thank you again for taking the time and reaching out about your experience as I know to recount it again must be extremely traumatic.


Dr Aresh Anwar

Executive Director

Royal Perth Bentley Group

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