A WOMAN has told how she took her own blankets for her dad while he was in hospital, only for them to go missing.
Lorraine Nicholl, whose 67-year-old father was in the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, is the latest to raise concerns about basic equipment at the hospital. She also said there were several occasions when staff couldn't find a bed pan to be used.
Ms Nicholl's dad, who she does not wish to name, was in the hospital for six weeks between August and October last year, before he was moved to a hospice.
He was admitted to the RAH after contracting an infection while being treated for lung cancer as an outpatient.
The woman, from Bearsden, said she had not yet complained to the hospital or health board because her father was still ill but she wanted to add her concerns after reading reports in last week's Evening Times of two other patients who challenged First Minister Alex Salmond about the hospital.
Ms Nicholl said: "When I visited one day, Dad was so cold we covered him with two housecoats.
"I was told there were no blankets.
"In the time that he was in the hospital we had more than five or six occasions where my father never had such a thing as a blanket and I was told quite simply that there was none.
"I then took two flight blankets I had in the house. They disappeared and we didn't see them again.
"While visiting my dad, he buzzed for a nurse as he required the toilet. The buzzer went off for at least 30 minutes and when the nurse came she told us there was only one bed pan between a ward of 24.
"I do find this all unacceptable and very much basic care.
"There was no problems with the hospital staff. They were trying to work with what they had got."
Last week First Minister Alex Salmond and Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, apologised to two patients for their experience in the RAH.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it had already apologised to patients at the RAH who felt the linen, towelling or blanket provision was not adequate.
A spokeswoman said: "We can reassure our patients there is absolutely no shortage of bed pans. NHSGGC uses disposable bed pans and always has a bulk supply of these available on each ward."