"I don't know where to turn for help for my 77 year old husband"
About: Hammersmith Hospital / Accident and emergency Hammersmith Hospital Accident and emergency W12 0HS Hammersmith Hospital / Older people's healthcare Hammersmith Hospital Older people's healthcare W12 0HS London London
Posted by Charlotte43 (as ),
My husband has not been referred to Orthopaedic department even though he has great difficulty walking and is falling daily. He has banged his head when falling and despite having a previous bleeding on the brain has not been offered help.
He collapsed three weeks ago and was taken to Hammersmith hospital where he is a renal transplant patient. The doctors 'assumed" that he had a urinary tract infection with very high temperature and creatinine levels. After a week he was sent home where he had a fall banging his head. 24 hours later he couldn't balance himself and has fallen continuously.
He went to his GP who told him his legs feel strong and hasn't offered him a referral to an orthopaedic consultant. He has also not requested a neurological consultant because of the previous stroke he has had and to rule out any damage he might have done when he has banged his head. As his carer I don't know where to turn for help. My husband is 77 years old and I am wondering if this is a factor in the apparent lack of care.