Dalton Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England, LA14 4LF
I've heard a few not so nice reports about hospitals in general, however, Furness General Hospital has looked after me the past 18 months, while I'm recovering from lung cancer, and the ongoing health issues, and I have nothing but praise for every member of the staff from the ground up. Everyone I have come in contact with have been polite, friendly, informative, and professional.
The hospital as a whole seemed clean and functional. The nurses were quite poor on shift, I had to request pain meds when they were due each 6 hours otherwise I would miss them. They did not seem to listen to my pain meds and took me from tramadol one minute to paracetamol the next. At one point I had to explain that I was in pain, and that I either needed something stronger or that I would have to leave and go to purchase something stronger at the pharmacy! The doctor prescribed me pain meds to go home with, but the nurse did not give me the prescription. In the end after 5 days in agony at home I called 111 and was seen out of hours in a different hospital where I was prescribed morphine. The surgeon was excellent and this review in no way represents him or his staff, its just a shame the ward let him down with the after care
All the staff at the ACU were impressive and could not be faulted , treated myself, and the other patients attending at the time. Their knowledge was first class , care of the patients and friends/family faultless My thanks and best wishes to them all , especially Natalie looked after me Doubling their earnings will never match their worth
My experience of PPU was very positive. Two nurses in particular were extremely good, Katie and one of the night staff, Helen I think her name was. She was on nights 1st and 2nd October. Only area of concern was that I had an open wound after major surgery and there was another patient in the unit who had MRSA. Could there have been a risk of infection given I had an open wound. Otherwise a well recommended unit with caring team of nurses. It does highlight to me how under resourced, especially at night, FGH is as my unit had a patient with a tracioctomy and only 1 nurse to manage 4 patients.