I haven't had the time to tell you what happened when he was admitted to hospital last Friday evening at 6 pm.
As you know the blue light was called out to take my husband into hospital, his sats were down in the 70's. He received excellent treatment in A & E but was still there at 11 pm. He wanted me to stay with him until he was settled in a ward. (as you know I was poorly too).
He was on drips, oxygen, IV's and nebulisers and then the porter came to collect him. They took everything off him but the oxygen and then we had a god knows how long a walk to get to the 'holding' ward where they keep patients until a bed is available for them on the correct ward.
A nurse came and said 'hop into bed' his oxygen was at 2 LPM but on exertion it has to be upped to 4 LPM but she refused to do it as 'I don't have his notes', so she pulled the curtains round him and went, he was so out of breath that he wet himself and there was urine all over the floor, I got some paper towels and started mopping up and went to find a nurse. I told her he needed his oxygen putting up and she said she couldn't so then she got a monitor and checked his sats and put his oxygen up to 4 LPM. She then went away. I got him into clean clothes and onto the bed but the bed was flat and I had to get the remote control and raise the head of it. Because he is so tall the bed was too small so I had to pull the bottom out and there was a big gap so I pinched some pillows and stuffed them into the gap.
I then was going to put his nebuliser on as he was due for his night one, but I couldn't as the mask and tubing was missing. So I found the nurse again, (sat at the desk talking) and said that he needed to use the nebuliser, she said it was at the side of the bed and I told her it was not a bit of good without the mask and tubing, so she got me some. I then asked her for the saline for the nebuliser, she said the pharmacy was closed, (In the panic I forgot to bring ours with us) so I said, well he needs it, so she went looking and found some and off she went again.
After I had got him settled again I said, right I am going home now it was 12 mid night and I was just about on my knees I felt so ill. I looked for the call button so he could call someone if he needed help and it was wrapped round the bed head three times.
The problem is, that if I had not gone with him and seen everything was okay, he would have had too little oxygen, no nebuliser, even if there had been there was no-one to give it to him if I hadn't been there, his bed was flat and he could not reach the remote or the emergency call button and he would have been in urine drenched clothes.
There were too little night staff to look after him properly and when you can't breathe it is a matter of life and death. He had another bad do at 5 am and luckily a doctor was outside the ward and was then moved to the correct ward. It is a good job I am his carer and know everything inside out and upside down as god knows what would have happened, but they should not rely on relatives being there.
I have made a complaint to the hospital in question.