"Elderly patient discharged from ED at an inappropriate time"
About: Fiona Stanley Hospital / Emergency Department Fiona Stanley Hospital Emergency Department Murdoch 6150
Posted by sunhk73 (as ),
I just wish to voice my concerns at the recent care for my parent who was admitted to your hospital's Emergency Department from their nursing home. My parent was transferred to the hospital late at night recently for investigation of their swollen leg. My parent was then transferred back to the nursing home from your Emergency Department the following morning at 6am. I feel this was highly inappropriate to discharge an elderly person with dementia at this time of the morning. I am also highly annoyed that neither my sibling or myself were informed of my parent's admission. My parent then had to be taken back to Fiona Stanley the next day to have an ultrasound done to determine what was wrong. They then discovered a blood clot in my parent's leg. Whilst I can understand hospitals are busy, as my child is a nurse, surely they could have found a space for an elderly person even with the 4-hour turn around time in emergency! This is not the first time my parent has returned to their nursing home after a hospital trip to Fiona Stanley Hospital at an extremely ungodly hour in the morning. The other such time was approximately 6 months ago.