Nurse Appalled By Her Mother's Treatment At Elderly Home

Janice Barrell, a palliative care nurse, went to visit her 99-year-old mother, Winifred Philbin at Denbigh Infirmary. Barrell was shocked by what she found.

Barrell said “We arrived on the ward to find the curtains drawn around mom’s bed. We asked if she was being washed and the staff told us no, so we went in.”

Barrell could not believe what she saw and stated, “Finding her deceased was a terrible shock. My brother and I were devastated. We were assured that she had been okay moments before but I’m afraid I just don’t believe this.

"Anyone could see that she was actively dying. I find it extremely sad that my mom had no one with her when she died. Nothing has been entered on her notes since 6 AM that morning,” she continued

Barrell says her mom was vomiting "black fluid" the previous day and the staff did not give her mouth care.

Barrell went on to say “Overall, I think the staff failed my mom badly. They were nice enough but lacked the necessary skills. My mom was longing for a shower and hair wash."

"This was a lady who had her hair washed and set every week and by the end, all she did was scratch. She was in obvious discomfort but no one seemed to notice,” Barrell further stated

A spokesperson from the Health Board in charge of the facility made this statement, “Due to patient confidentiality we are unable to comment on the care provided to individual patients."

They continued: "However, we can confirm that a formal concern has been received by the health board, which we’re in the process of investigating. We will contact Ms. Barrell directly to discuss her concerns.”

Source: Mirror
Photos: Winifred Philbin Muchloved, © BrokenSphere/Wikimedia Commons, Daily Post, Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales, PxHere

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