Right to quiet

@nannacroc (4049)
March 17, 2011 1:52pm CST
I was in hospital recently and next to each bed was a flickering screen inviting us to pay for TV, phone and internet access. It was a four bed ward and two people chose to have the TV on. Myself and another lady found the noise too much. The nurses told me it was the right of each patient to have these things. What happened to the right of myself and the other lady to enjoy peace and quiet? Or doesn't that count??
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@p1kef1sh (45642)
17 Mar 11
You don't have rights Nanna because you aren't prepared to follow the herd in a semi-sheep like style.
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@nannacroc (4049)
17 Mar 11
That would account for it. Even one of the senior nurses was annoyed because he knew I wasn't the only one who wanted quiet but the rights of the noise lovers was paramount.
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@AmbiePam (48717)
• United States
18 Mar 11
You had to PAY for TV and phone? When did that start? Last time I was admitted we could watch cable TV and use the phone in our room without paying anything.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
18 Mar 11
I think it depends on the particular hospital you're in Ambie. One hospital I was in had free TV (with pillow speakers) and phone, and the other you had to purchase tv time by the day, and pay for any outgoing phone calls (whether local OR long distance.) Guess they all have different policies regarding whether tv or phone is free or not. With the cost of staying in a hospital anymore, you would think it would be free!!
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@AmbiePam (48717)
• United States
18 Mar 11
Wow. I've been in a lot of hospitals, and I've never seen anything like that. Maybe a lot has to do with what state you live in?
@nannacroc (4049)
18 Mar 11
I live in England and the healthcare is free so they charge for TVetc.
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
19 Mar 11
As far as I am concerned they should have been supplied with Headphones so that you and the other Lady could have had your right to peace, I think the Nurse was very wrong there to say that EVERYONE has a right so there should be compromises set in action Sorry you had to go through that and to be honest I would have said to the Nurse so what about my right for peace
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@nannacroc (4049)
19 Mar 11
I would normally but I was at a low ebb at the time.
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
19 Mar 11
I can understand that nannacroc and even more reason for you needing peace and quiet hugs
• United States
17 Mar 11
Sorry to hear that and I do remember once as well being irritated by some woman patient who had the TV on loud in the room at late hours of the night and the nurses said the same to me. Gee, I thought we were suppose to get rest when we were in the hospital.
@nannacroc (4049)
17 Mar 11
Obviously only if noise helps you rest.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Mar 11
Not in a shared room, apparently. I would think enforcement would go in the other direction, since the goal of a hospital, supposedly, is to get people well.
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@nannacroc (4049)
17 Mar 11
I would have thought so too, but we seem to be wrong.
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@Cherish14 (2695)
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
some people are just too arrogant and don't have any consideration that there are also other people in that room. they just don't care if there is someone else around them. i know it they have their right to watch too but you also have a right to peaceful and quiet environment especially when you really need your rest since you were in the hospital. i hope you feel better now. take care.
@nannacroc (4049)
18 Mar 11
I'm a lot better since I got home and can sit in silence if I feel like it.
• United States
18 Mar 11
That was definitely wrong of the nurse to tell you that! They could have at least asked them to lower the volume as to not disturb others. Whenever, my older daughter is hospitalized (it has happened too many times to count)I always have her put the volume loud enough where she can hear but low enough where it doesn't disturb others. It is just common courtesy. Who knows what pain the other patients may be going through? You have to be considerate of others. Wait until you get home and then you can have your t.v. as high as you want!
@nannacroc (4049)
18 Mar 11
Common courtesy, along with common sense has become rare.
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
18 Mar 11
I know what you mean; I guess it doesn't count, although you'd think it would! The last time I was in it was the same way. Not an atmosphere to get rested and well in, is it?! Maybe it depends on the hospital, but a different hospital I was in had the speakers in a cord that was to be placed by, or under, the pillow. That cut down a huge amount of the TV noise coming from the other patients set. While I can understand somebody wanting to pass the time watching the tube, I still don't think it's fair to disrupt the other roommates if they're trying to rest. I always asked the other occupants if they minded, and if they said they wanted to take a nap, or just have quiet, I'd drag out a book or something. Still, I think it's ideal when there's those pillow speaker thingies so that they can still watch/listen without disturbing the others who are trying to get well! I think if I ever have to go back to that one hospital, I'll be bringing along my earplugs haha.
@nannacroc (4049)
18 Mar 11
The pillow speakers sound like a good compromise so all have their rights upheld.
@MsTickle (24962)
• Australia
23 Mar 11
Absolutely...it's a hospital and peace and qwuiet should be the order of the day in my opinion but I guess if a patient can be distracted from thinking about their illness then that's a good thing too. Could not the hire company provide earphones for those who want the service?
• Philippines
18 Mar 11
That's right. You should've told that to the nurse in charge. She could've done something about it.