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Do we do everything we can to uphold inpatients' privacy and dignity?


I was admitted via A&E to a ward and placed opposite an elderly lady. at 3 a.m. the doctor came to the lady and questioned her about a fall. It was very obvious via the information given that this lady was very very vulnerable and being sexually abused by a very abusive husband. Being the early hours of the morning, sound appears to carry much further, but I had to question why at 3 a.m. anyone should be expected to answer doctors questions when what we really needed was sleep. The next day the ladies husband visited, the attitude towards him was very hostile, a chill filled the air when he asked to use a chair from beside another bed. The next morning I asked the consultant that came to see me, why we had to be questioned ta 3 a.m. and gave a very brief account ... in a very low voice ... of what we had overheard. I was snapped at told I should have been asleep! The Caldicott agreement states very clearly that patients privacy should be protected but those that least obey these rules are NHS staff. I have banned my GP from sharing any information about me with the hospital.

Posted date

14 July, 2016

Posted time

7:16 pm