FOR 81-year-old diabetic Geoff Cary 2011 wasn’t great.
Most of his year was spent in and out of hospitals and for the most part he didn’t have a problem.
It wasn’t until Mr Cary was transferred to the Peel Health Campus (PHC) late last year that he ran in to trouble.
Earlier in the year Mr Cary had a cancerous tumour from his throat and neck removed as well as half his left leg from the thigh down.
Mr Cary’s operations and treatment were carried out at Hollywood Private Hospital and Fremantle Hospital while he received further rehabilitation at PHC.
The Madora Bay resident said he had no problems with the campus staff but said the conditions patients were exposed to were “disgusting”.
The great grandfather was admitted to PHC on November 22 and went home on December 13.
He was told during his stay he would join other rehab patients and spend four hours a day away from the wards in a separate, isolated room.
Mr Cary called it the “out of the road room” where they would “have lunch and play indoor bowls or read”.
During this time the patients weren’t allowed visitors and Mr Cary’s wife Georgie said she thought he was having rehab sessions.
PHC medical director Dr Aled Williams said patients were moved to the room specifically for advanced rehabilitation therapy.
“Patients are taken to a rehabilitation area where they receive intensive rehabilitation by specialist physiotherapy and occupational therapy staff,” he said.
“The objective of rehabilitation is to achieve the maximum functional level the patient is capable of.
“They will not achieve this by sitting in their room.
“Patients are treated individually and rehabilitation is planned between the patient and the rehab team.”
But according to Mr Cary that wasn’t always the case.
Mr Cary said only occasionally would a therapist come and take a patient away to give them rehab and he only had about four half-hour sessions during his three-week stay.
“It was very difficult to get out of this confinement and I have seen very sick people pleading to go back to their ward and their bed,” Mr Cary said.
“I bucked this confinement because it was just a waste of time.”
To make the situation worse about a week after his arrival at PHC Mr Cary contracted an infection that “should never have happened”.
The infection was treated with antibiotics but Mr Cary said the hygiene at the hospital was questionable and could have been the reason behind the infection.
He said the shared bathroom was “not very hygienic” – it had “no cupboard or shelves for soiled or clean clothes, they were just dumped in the wash basin”.
But that wasn’t the last of Mr Cary’s problems.
During his time at the PHC his diabetic dietary requirements or existing health conditions weren’t taken into consideration.
“If there was a diabetic menu I never saw it,” he said.
Mr Cary said he had radiation treatment on his throat and neck some months earlier so his saliva glands weren’t working normally and he was unable to eat most of the food given to him.
“This food problem was sorted out the day before I left, after nearly three weeks,” he said.
After all the problems he had at the PHC Mr Cary said he “wouldn’t go back to the hospital” especially if the conditions were not improved.
“Something needs to be done to upgrade this important hospital,” Mr Cary said.
“I want the hospital to look into the issues.”