A family’s nightmare at NUH
Posted by temasektimes on May 13, 2012
I understand the feelings of tge family members of the deceased. My father also died due to the negligence of NUH. He suffered a stroke in 2002 and was sent to the emergency room of NUH. Nothing was done to him till a few days later when he was hospitalized. Then he was sent for CTScan and MRI. The reason provided by NUH is that it does not enough facilities. Then in a paper that year, its CEO said that they want to developed NUH as a medical hub to draw regional medical patients.
When my father was in NUH , he was attended by trainee doctors and also one of the specialist new guy was rude to my mum. Out of concern, my mother kept asking about my father’s condition and was told off my that young specialist. I actually gave him a piece of my mind as I felt that they should be more empathetic especially of managing the family of the patients. On top of it, I was told my some doctor friends that the hospital should have given my father medication to thin the blood so at least he can be saved.
My father went through of a few months in ICU suffering which can be prevented if doctor in NUH has done the necessary actions. I went to see the CEO but he only provided official version. My father survived for next 9 months and passed away. On tge day of his wake, a representative from NUH came to attend tge wake. I was surprised if NUH has not done anything wrong, why should they concern and visit the wake. All government hospitals should be accountable for their patients regardless of the ward A , B or C wards. It should not differentiate rich and poor but to take good care of the patient and also the family members feelings.
This is not new as my maternal aunty went through a simple operation of heart ballooning also went wrong and was hospitalize for 3 months before passing away. We understand that that there may be no enough oxygen that caused tge complications.
We are all lay man and do not understand medical terms as such we are always at tge mercy of the hospital and Dictor. We should hold the hospital accountable.
LEE WEE KIAT
* The above was first posted as a comment here.