Letters - 24, November 2011

Blackpool Victoria Hospital NEW ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY AND CARDIAC REHAB. / VIEW

Blackpool Victoria Hospital NEW ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY AND CARDIAC REHAB. / VIEW

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SEVERAL years ago I had to have a hernia operation in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

I was told I would be home the same day, or perhaps the next day.

After the operation I was told to drink water, but unfortunately I don’t like the taste of water and was told I would be OK with diluted orange juice, which my wife had brought in at visiting time.

During the night I was feeling ill and wanted the toilet but was unable to get out of bed because of the pain from the operation.

I shouted for the night nurses, to which I had no reply and I was unfortunately sick in and on the floor near the bed.

I lay in this situation for a while and wondered if a nurse was going to come and see to me.

In the morning the day nurse asked me what had happened and why hadn’t it been cleaned up.

So it comes as no surprise that Mr Westrop was left in the disgusting situation that he was (Gazette November 21).

At the time I decided not to report it because the day nurses were exceptionally good and I felt nothing would come of it if I had.

EDDIE BEWES

Derwent Close

Knott End

THE report of neglect of vulnerable patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and profound staff shortages is only the tip of the iceberg.

My mentally disabled brother suffered chest and bladder infections and bed sores.

One nurse told me 400 nurses have been sacked at the hospital.

ROBERT McDOUGALL

Patterdale Avenue

Blackpool

I READ with astonishment the letter from Brian Benson (Letters November 21) regarding teenagers proving their worth before receiving their Jobseeker’s Allowance.

I am all for freedom of speech, and The Gazette was right to publish this letter on that basis, but I just hope readers reject the notion as sheer drivel. There are, and always will be, those that are happy not working, but the vast majority of people receiving Jobseekers Allowance find themselves in a seemingly helpless position of competing with hundreds of others for the few vacancies that arise.

With Christmas looming, there are millions of people who are currently dreading how they can afford to join in the festivities, and for Mr Benson to presume otherwise is quite frankly unforgivable.

DARREN JONES

Clarence Avenue

Cleveleys