The following poem was written by Donna Bennett from Senior Health Care Assistant, Watford Stroke Unit, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Dignity - How we don't do it here
Excuse me nurse my mum needs a hand
She needs the toilet not a bedpan.
Not again she's just done a wee
She will have to wait I'm busy you see.
Excuse me nurse its my mum she's bursting,
its driving her mad
Just tell her to do it she's wearing a pad.
My poor mum she's in such a state
I wouldn't wish this on my worst mate.
Excuse me nurse my mum is all wet
She's very embarrassed and so upset.
The nurse replied with a disgruntled huff
For heavens sake I'll get the stuff.
Excuse me nurse can you close the curtain
The visitors can see in that's for certain.
My poor mum is laid there
Totally naked completely bare.
Excuse me nurse we need a chat
In a minute I'll be right back.
The nurse I discovered had gone to tea
Not bothered she'd stripped mum
of her dignity.