"Very disappointing care of a diabetic"
About: Prince of Wales Hospital / Diabetes Centre Prince of Wales Hospital Diabetes Centre Randwick 2031 Prince of Wales Hospital / Emergency Department Prince of Wales Hospital Emergency Department Randwick 2031 Prince of Wales Hospital / PB9W - Nephrology Ward Prince of Wales Hospital PB9W - Nephrology Ward Randwick 2031
Posted by Dreadfuldiabetic (as ),
I attended the ED at Prince of Wales at night recently with an infected wound on my foot. As a diabetic with pain radiating up to my groin, I believe should have been put on IV antibiotics. Instead I was given an oral antibiotic and a script for the same. A nurse went to apply a dressing with, I think, no intention of cleaning the wound; I had to ask them to clean it first.
I had an appointment with the Diabetes Clinic a couple of days later. The Dr felt IV antibiotics were required and asked that I be admitted. I got a bed mid-afternoon that day and 3.30 am the next morning, I finally received my first antibiotics since I took one in the morning before.
I feel the Drs here don't seem to have a lot of concern for me as a person. I have asked to see the Nursing Unit Manager twice to address my concerns with no success. There does not seem to be a clear treatment plan. Not that has been explained to me. Recently a Dr told me it looked worse that day. Not sure what I'm supposed to do with that information.
I watched the redness and swelling increase on the day I was admitted whilst waiting for medical attention and feel absolutely hopeless and helpless. I've been told I may lose a toe as a possible option. I declined to accept that option. I don't believe there is much hope left for me, but I would like to see better education for ED doctors when it comes to infected foot wounds in diabetics. IV antibiotics can save body parts and, in my opinion, self-esteem, dignity and even the will to live.
I have to say the nurses here are amazing. The porters lovely and the Diabetes Clinic awesome.