Town and Country Hospital, Tampa, Fla. Complaint - Hospital Nightmare
Several days before Christmas my Dad tripped when trying to turn arooud in his walker. His knees landed on carpet and the top half landed on cushioned sofa. We hobbled him over to his e-z chair and made him comfortable. I nursed his swollen knee a couple days and decided to take
him to Town and Country Hopital on Webb Rd., in Tampa, Fla. on Dec. 24 to be sure he was okay. The emergency room said - we took xrays - no broken bones - you can take him home. I explained Dad wasn't mobile now and asked if he could stay a few days, so they can make sure he was okay , and I could equip his room at home with a hospital bed, wheel chair, etc.
Once admitted, I was explained there was a 20 day therapy program that would get him back on his feet. That was great news as I was worried about lifting him. They started therapy and he screamed in pain. They decided to order another xray, and the results were fractured leg. They put a brace on him, and to my surprise continued therapy with continued pain to my dad. How can you give therapy to a broken leg?I couldn't communicate with Dad well as they had him doped up on pain medicine................ It was pitiful.
I also was upset with finding my Fathers' hands tied and his food sitting cold when I happened to go during the day. Usually visiting in the evenings, I was worried how long had this been going on. I did see his hands tied at night, but I thought so he wouldn't injure himself during the night. Was he tied all day? A formal complaint to the Administration set my Dad's hands free, and hand feeding began. I saw the bruising on the interior of his wrists. His hands lay helpless in his lap in days to follow. I offered him a cake, he picked it up and ate it, but his hands went back to the same position. In addition the hospital lost his bottom teeth, they removed his top teeth and they served him puree foods. He went into the hospital at 127 lbs, and the medical examiner's office who received his body.. said about 100 lbs...
. .losing more than a pound a day. The medical examiner said also the xray showing no broken bones somehow vanished...disappeared.
We were shocked to receive a phone call that "your Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep." We also learned he was not monitored on the therapy floor nor did he have oxygen.
Dad was a viable 95 year old, walked a little slow with the walker, few problems with the ticker, but his heart was strong and his primary doctor had seen him in that same month and said he is doing better than a year ago.
How could this happen? We buried Dad on Monday. Not one doctor from that hospital has called me to offer his condolences, explain what happened...nothing.
I would not recommend Town and Country Hospital to anyone.