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I took my fiance in for abdominal pain after surgery. They saw someone with a rash before they attempted to see him. We've been here 2 hrs and a half....no dr and not even a RN has stepped in to check on him yet. The VA triage line said to go to the closest facility, I will probably take him to the VA ER in Salisbury tonight anyway. 30 minutes to Hugh Chatham, and hour 15 minutes to Salisbury. This is totally ridiculous.
Great ER,from the RN,NP and security. Very impressed.
I was subject to the displeasure of staying here August 14-15 2018. I was given a benzodiazepine drug and told that if I didn't take it, it would be forcibly administered. When I requested the side effect information multiple times, I was repeatedly told things like "Yeah sure, in a minute." "I'll get right to it." "Yeah, I'm kinda busy, I'll get around to it." and it took them 8 hours to finally deliver the requested documents, as is legally compulsory upon request, only after I was seen logging their activities and lack of professionality. At approximately 6:00 AM, I witnessed the employees gibe an elderly man with mental health issues associated with cognitive decline and who seemed to be experiencing a severe depressive episode along with probable dehydration and malnutrition. He was distressed at their mockery of him on top of everything else he was dealing with and his desire to just go home. He literally said, "I'm sick of sitting here with them making fun of me and not doing anything to help me." And they WERE making fun of him, and they WEREN'T actually doing anything to help him. The staff then called in the police to shove the poor old man in a steel reinforced room with shock resistant glass for wanting nothing more than to go home, after which, what appeared to be the entire shift of workers, began to very audibly mock him along with loud, forceful laughter as he despaired in that cage for hours. I saw this as not only abhorrent and dishonorable but as a clear sign of the utmost cowardice. I was met with nothing but malice from the workers for simply requesting that they recognize my rights as a patient. It is clearly common practice here to trample all over patients rights, administer unhelpful or even damaging treatments, deprive patients of basic necessary amenities, and then act as if all their abuse is God's gift.
Would give 0 stars if possible. My wife was in a low place due to depression and attempted suicide by cutting her wrists. First she was admitted and they were treating her for an overdose in which she didn’t have. The labs proved that. The nurses that took care of her first were talking bad about her( they didn’t know she could hear them). She has a bachelors in nursing herself. She was let go from her last job because of the depression. The nurses at Hugh Chatham were downing her saying she had to do something bad to lose her job and saying after this she will never be able to do it again. This is not good to say about someone. Especially someone with depression issues. Then since they don’t have any kind of behavioral health employees there she was made to be by herself with security guards at her door for over 24 hours before placed in a center. This made her issues even worse. She was also not given her meds that she has been taking for years and I have seen this cause people to have strokes. She would ask for a Tylenol to help with her headaches and it would take them 4 hrs+ to get back with her. They treated her like she was a criminal. If at all possible to make it to another hospital from this point on I will never go back.
Best Hospital around ! Thankful for the Nurses and doctors. Dr. St. John Todd Awesome dr. Phil 4:13