"Need alternative way to access help"

About: St Peter's Hospital / General surgery

(as a carer),

My husband had an operation and unfortunately needed a catheter fitted afterwards so he could be discharged. A few days later he was in such discomfort and pain that I needed advice, but due to my hearing loss, I cannot use the phone and could not find a neighbour to help me. I ended up walking to my GP surgery to seek help, although I was very worried about leaving my husband in the confused, painful and stressed state he was in. When I got home and after a visit from the GP, I discovered the remains of a burnt tea towel on the cooker, displaying the fact he had tried use the cooker but just could not cope and had left the tea towel to burn. Fortunately, the situation had not escalated to a full blown fire! I needed an alternative way to get help.

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