"Frustrated that I can't see my father's records"
About: St George Hospital St George Hospital Kogarah 2217
Posted by Valuer (as ),
My father is in hospital and is currently bed ridden, not because he wants to be, but because they don't seem to let him get out of bed. He has had a fall previously, however he now has a sensor pad under him, and every time he tries to get out of bed, a nurse, or someone will come in and say, what are you doing out of bed, now back to bed. This is frustrating my father as it means that he can't get his mobility back, and be able to move around. I don't know why they won't let him out of bed, except to suspect that they are frightened they will be sued if he falls again.
On top of this, I believe they have misdiagnosed him with dementia. I have asked for the file to see what tests were done to justify this diagnosis. I believe that there are numerous occasions when dementia is misdiagnosed. They ask the older people patronizing questions, and then, through frustration of being asked these questions, the person gives them a silly response, the medical staff say, see dementia. When the responses given by patients, is due to frustration, to being asked - what is your name, or your date of birth. In my dad's case I think his answers were because he hated being patronized.
I have asked to see his records and the hospital is refusing to give them to me - yet the NSW Records & Privacy Information Act, Section 26. 1 suggests that it is illegal for them not to give it to me, not, as they tell me, that it is illegal for them to give it to me.
Finally, why do doctor's not have last names anymore. I never see the surname of a doctor, and when I asked what it is, they seem to be offended. Yet it is extremely unprofessional, especially when you ring the hospital and ask for Dr So and So, and the reception staff say, Dr So and So, who? I don't know, because they don't seem to have surnames. When did this start to happen?