On Friday before Christmas my 90 year old mum had to visit ER at Simrishamn’s Hospital.
With me not around she manages to arrange her transportation that she is entitling to by the council.
She had an eye infection that comes and goes during the last couple of months. The first time the doctor told her that she must come so soon the symptom comes back, otherwise she can lose the little sight that she has left and go totally blind. That she has been doing.
When the pain came back she contacted the hospital and at ER she got a female doctor that didn’t really know what to do with mum. Mum asked if it was the infection again. No, she couldn’t say – but she thought it was more down to the pressure in the eye.
She informed my mum that she has to go to another hospital about 30 min away and my mum refused because she knows how hard it’s to get transportation back to Simrishamn. The doctor said that now she and 3 other doctors agreed on that she has to go and no more to be said.
They informed mum that the eye clinic at Ystad Hospital was well informed and they will be waiting on her, she would be able to see a specialist straight away. So the transport came and picked mum up in her wheelchair. The driver took her to the clinic and when they arrived she was told that the doctor had left for the day and no other eye doctor on duty.
So there was my mum, 90 years old – she left home at noon – now it was 3pm and nothing has been done for her problem or pain. As she said to the doctor that sent her there that she will struggle to get transportation back to Simrishamn. Her transport cam 4 hours later – so 8 hours and 4 doctors later she was back home and nothing has been done.
Of course during weekends and Christmas ER in Simrishamn isn’t open – had to go to Ystad and with no eye doctor on duty?????? – she stayed at home.
Then on Thursday the district nurse arranged for her to go to Kristianstad Hospital and their eye clinic. She was so well taken care of – I was with her. The doctor was so thorough and took swaps of both her eyes. No swaps have been taken before even if she has been back 3 times with the same infection.
On Saturday we had to go back to Kristianstad again – it’s 1,5 hour drive so they could check if the medicine has worked on the bacterial. So it was an early start, but it was worth it.
How can anything like this be allowed to happen to an older person or anyone really – that two hospitals talk to each other and when the patient arrives the doctor has left for the day.
I have always praised the Swedish health care system – but when a things like this happens … I feel sicken. I’m sure it has happen to quite few patients and will happen again. I have phoned the patient Ombudsman and complained.
Now have I been back with mum at Kristianstad Hospital for the 3rd time, yesterday too and the infection is nearly gone, the pressure has gone down and her sight has increase quite a bit.
Also took some pictures during our 3 visits to Kristianstad Hospital, a mixed bag – but there is always beauty to be found, even on a hospital.
It’s like I always has said – we have to be healthy to be able to be sick.
This beautiful painting hangs in the café at Kristianstads hospital and it’s called “Angles excite” – yes, they truly do in Kristianstad, but there was a big shortage of them in Ystad and Simrishamn just before Christmas.
“The eye sees a thing more clearly in dreams
than the imagination awake.”
Leonardo Da Vinci