Well i’m from the same area and fall under Southmead now. I know a few senior nurses working there and although its new and modern but the overall picture is pretty shocking really. The trust are loseing most of their skilled profesionals, doctors and nurses due to working hours, no parking facilities, staff shortages etc, etc.
I won’t bore you with the stories but the hospital is designed to get patients out of hospital as quickly as possible.Just look at the amount of single rooms there are. These rooms are not to assist you with your stay, but more to make you want to leave sooner, hence no televisions. Wards are only allowed to stock basic drugs now, unlike Frenchay, so hope and pray that you don’t need something specialist and the pharmacy is running on skeleton staff.
I’m quitting Bristol soon and heading over to Bath. I’ve had enough of not getting any help or treatment under the neuro team at Bristol/ Frenchay. There maybe some good neuros at Southmead, but if like me, you are given a “bad one” then your stuffed. I’ve had all the tests come back positive for MS and my clinical history suggests that I should be on a first line DMT, but i’m not.
This illness is bad enough without having to be treated like rubbish and be cared for by nurses who’s hearts are no longer in it. (Not all nurses, but I do know quite a few who are)