"I had to care for my husband at Lyell McEwin Hospital."
About: Lyell McEwin Hospital Lyell McEwin Hospital Elizabeth Vale 5112
Posted by jaden62 (as ),
My husband was severely ill, he was taken into the Lyell McEwin Hospital by his specialist who I believe told the triage nurse what the problem was. I also believe he told her this was an emergency. When he left, I had to tell the triage nurse what the problem was, and then, in my opinion, she made my husband (who could barely stand & didn't seem to understand what was happening) get up & tell her what the problem was.
He was then taken into a cubicle which didn't seem clean, no pillow & left there. 5hrs later the first person came in to see him & asked what pain medication he had been given. When I told him "none", he asked again, telling me I hadn't understood what he was asking. He seemed to take blood & then left. During this time my husband "messed" himself, & I was left to get him to a shower, find a gown & get him back to his cubicle & find someone to help me change the sheets. About an hour later a specialist seemingly rushed into the room to draw fluid off my husband's stomach. I believe he gave him local anaesthetic & immediately started to push a large bore needle in & pretty much left me & a staff member to hold my husband down. We were then told a bed would be found for him.
He was moved from that side room & left in a cubicle next to paediatric emergency, for 36hrs, with babies constantly crying. From there he was taken to a "ward" (I suggest it was a converted day room) with no natural light & 12 other patients. At the time there was no shower in there & only 1 toilet, & it was behind a locked door. During this time it was left to me to request showers & we'd be taken to another area & left for a shower & were told "don't press the buzzer if there's problems, it's not connected to our area". After 5 days in this ward, I realized that it seemed that the other people who had all been in the same length of time hadn't been taken for showers because there seemed to be only ever 2 nurses to look after 13 patients in that ward. One woman was given a bowl to clean herself & as she moved next to her bed, the curtain kept opening.
Meals in this area also seemed to arrive cold & congealed, if he wasn't awake when they were delivered, I don’t believe he wasn’t wakened & they would often remove the food without him having woken. If he missed a meal like this, there was no food on the ward.
After he left, I put in a complaint to the hospital that took what I thought was ages to be replied to, with the answers being that they weren't worried about his eating because I was bringing food in (because he wasn't being fed there) & that there was now a shower in the area.