Experiences with NHS.

Quiet, just a little quiet would be heavenly. The noise is relentless
The incessant noise of the ward went on, and nighttime chatter and laughter of the nurses was defenseless.

Sleep, a forgotten dream, fear and panic my new friends. Stress and pain were all I knew.

Endless ward rounds. Cleaners doctors, nurses. So many ‘carers’ around but honestly no one gives a shit about you.


You have broken your back dear and quite badly too
But we are so clever and so we can fix you like new.

We will put you in a corset and Dr will be here to see you sometime.
He is a really talented surgeon he’ll put you back together, you will be just fine.


Are you not hungry dear, what’s that you say,

you can’t reach your dinner okay dear I’ll clear it away.

Have you washed dear Oh! only your face and hands.

Why not the rest of you, I don’t understand.

Right your in a corset and you cannot move,

Huh! I’d better wash you no doubt you’ll improve.


OMG! The nights are so long

And the noise of their natter goes on and on.

The old lady at the end of the ward has lost her mind

She keeps calling for her daughter who spends all day with her ..she’s kind.

The nurses are sick of her calling out

So they  have put a note at the end of her bed telling her where she is , does it help…I doubt.


I ring the bell because my stomach hurts it takes ages for someone to come

Thank goodness I have a catheter or my bed would be permanently wet.

I am left on the bedpan for half an hour or so, I cannot move, remember I am in a corset .

The lady next to me keeps crying  what can I do

She is braking her heart but she can’t  tell me why she is so blue.


Nobody talks to these poor lost souls all they need is the touch of a hand

A kind word or a gentle look , a little time to smile at them and make them feel grand.

Time drags for me , fear and pain haunt me so

And to make things worse my guts ache as to the toilet I just cannot go!


Nobody listens , nobody cares, as long as your drug chart is right

They are too busy  to listen , to help, or stop your pain when it grabs you late at night.

Am I exaggerating ? I do not know.  Am I exaggerating?  I do not think so

I know I was frightened and in pain, I know the old ladies made me weep , sad memories I know.


There is more I could tell  you but for now that’s enough

I don’t like these memories they are churning me up.

Something is missing from the NHS  today

The caring and kindness is drifting away.


I wanted to help they old ladies their sad cries echo in my head

I wanted to comfort and care for them but I was  unable to get up out of my bed.






30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. acuriousgal
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 21:05:08

    I am so sorry you got poor care!


  2. saminaiqbal27
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 06:36:43

    What a horrible experience to go through. Thank God you were out of it but to survive for a month in these conditions must be very disturbing for you. Take care my friend.


  3. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 06:45:13

    Wow, Willow.

    They just don’t know how it feels to be lying there, just lying there. Breaking your back is horrific. I remember you’d mentioned that – I’d forgotten. This was a really bleak time.

    When I was in hospital, the staff came to put a catheter up an elderly woman and she screamed blue murder. They put the curtain around and I can’t remember what she was saying but it sounded like she was being raped. It was chilling. It was horrible. It didn’t take long, they did whatever they did, but her screaming was horrible. Glad you’re not there now.


    • willowdot21
      Sep 07, 2013 @ 17:04:18

      Yes having a catheter fitted is no fun ( especially if your bladder is full, as mine was , I had not been able to pass water for 24hrs before they decided to catheterize me……… boy the relief as the water drained off was phenomenal! ) I did feel so sorry for the older patients who were so confused.. no one tried to explain anything to them or put them at their ease. I was scared so goodness knows what they must of felt! Hugs for now .xxxxx


  4. LindaGHill
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 11:04:13

    It’s an endless circle. These people get into these professions because they care, but then the government cuts funding and they find themselves overworked and underpaid. The job then becomes more about the professionals’ quality of life than the patients’.


  5. Matrone Bell
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 11:38:07

    :/ I hate hospitals they are all the same


  6. marina kanavaki
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 15:10:59

    No hospital is fun, indeed. I am so sorry you went though such an ordeal and about those old ladies.


    Sep 07, 2013 @ 17:47:42

    I’ve been there dear~ You’re just one more body of flesh & germs… Hospitals were my 2nd home for years so, I wholeheartedly understand your experience and the dehuminazation~ I pray you’re better & stay as well as possible ~ Faithfully Debbie


  8. reocochran
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 18:58:19

    I feel so bad for you and the others who are crying out more anxiously. I am sure your kind heart reaches out to them, but understand craving “silence!” It is golden after all!


  9. cindy knoke
    Sep 08, 2013 @ 18:48:10

    This is so true and so sad! This is the norm here as well. Thank you for posting~


  10. paulaacton
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 11:22:44

    I know your feelings on this though thankfully my stays were shorter, I didn’t break my back though it felt like it many times but I was home the day after my first op to remove a disc and home three days after having two vertebra fused and I was glad to get home, the nurses at my hospital were great but terribly overwhelmed by the patients they had, some like yourself genuinely couldn’t do things for themselves but some weren’t even willing to try one woman screamed blue murder when anyone went near her I would have felt sympathy if she screamed in pain as they moved her but she started screaming before anyone even touched her so in the middle of the night if she needed the bedpan the whole ward was waking


    • willowdot21
      Sep 09, 2013 @ 12:16:24

      OH! there is always a screamer , ours was christened the Polish Princess! She was always screaming and moaning at the nurses and the Drs. She refused to do any physio and would not get out of bed!When she arrived we all were woken by her screaming we thought some one had brought a baby onto the ward. The elderly ladies could not help they often were calling out for help or their children. Also remember one woman who refused to do any thing she was unable to do much but always it was ” could you get a tissue , or nurse could you just get my bag ” and always at tea she wanted an extra biscuit …… OH! I am being petty now but it mounted up to being an awful time …… please God never again!


  11. prayingforoneday
    Sep 09, 2013 @ 19:22:45

    I know NHS care as something that has been ok for me. But I also heard of horror stories. They saved my son’s life when he was 19 after a bad seizure. I often want to blog about the NHS but as 85% of the people who follow my blog live in the USA I would get abused 🙂
    125 people a day die purely because they have no Healthcare.
    Here in the UK the staff can come across uncaring, you can wait 10 hours to be seen. And it does annoy. Doing football 15 years I was in hospital with players with broken bones that often I had my own parking spot. One day we went in at 4pm with a player (Adult) with a broken leg, he was in agony. He got seen at 5am, 13 hours wait.
    Sometimes you leave an NHS hospital and come out ill….

    Not what it used to be.

    Good blog x


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