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  • "On recent experiences of being in a few hospitals and having surgery, i found some of the nurses to be rude and unhelpful. The nurses from the philippines were very kind and helpful.
    To be honest i believe that they should NOT work 10 or 12 hour shifts!!
    This causes the nurses to be vunnerable to lack of sleep and being moody and tired, hence giving there full attention to needy patients and being very alert!!
    Why would you want to work 12 hours and be in the right frame of mind to care for patients on lack of sleep, and have a functional home life and care for there families too??
    You ask any nurse they hate working 10 or 12 hours Nobody should work long hours like that in the nursing profession ,the government should change there hours to normality and then you might get there full attention and everything done correctly and happier nurses.. 12 hours plus is to long in that profession for anyone.. These people are humans not robots!!"
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Health board sorry for 'unacceptable' care given to Cefn Fforest woman at Royal Gwent

Health board says sorry for 'unacceptable' care at Royal Gwent

APOLOGY: Yvonne Skidmore's family complained about the treatment she received before she died at Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital

'UNACCEPTABLE TREATMENT': Mrs Skidmore was admitted to the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport

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A FAMILY has been given an apology and a health board is making changes after admitting that a woman received unacceptable treatment at the Royal Gwent Hospital.

The family of Yvonne Skidmore, 65, of Bryn Road, Cefn Fforest, said she was left to wet herself and was denied help from nurses who said she was “too fat” while she was in hospital in Newport.

Her granddaughter, Amanda Wood, said she has been left to seek apologies and answers as to how this happened.

Fearing Mrs Skidmore’s health had deteriorated due to poor care, the family complained to the Public Ombudsman. Following an investigation, the Ombudsman concluded the difficulties reported by the family did not contribute to her death.

The health board, however, has since apologised to the family, saying the described attitude of some nursing staff was unacceptable.

On November 5, 2011, Mrs Skidmore was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital with breathing problems.

She had kidney failure, fluid around the heart and lungs and carbon dioxide poisoning.

Over the next week she improved and occupational health were arranging home care ahead of her discharge.

Two weeks later Ms Skidmore was moved to another part of the ward and it was from here, Ms Wood says, things got worse.

“I went down there and I could see my nan was upset and she told me the nurse had told her she was too fat to move and she would have to move herself,” she said.

Ms Wood said she endedup moving her grandmother, which was difficult due to her being on an air-bed.

“Every time we went there, the air-bed was flat.”

On November 21, 2011, Ms Wood was visiting again.

She said: “She was lying in a soaking-wet bed. She was in a terrible state.”

Ms Wood said a patient in the bed opposite told her that her grandmother had fallen out of bed the night before after pressing the buzzer ten times because she needed the toilet. After no-one came, she tried getting out of bed and fell.

On November 22, 2011, a nurse called the family to gather at the hospital as soon as possible. By 12.30pm Mrs Skidmore had died.

The health board said its investigation had found no evidence to suggest Mrs Skidmore was treated differently because of her size, but did not refute the other complaints made by the family, and apologised on behalf of its staff.

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