"A clear example I think of the need to involve and work with the family"
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Posted by it'salwaystherighttimetodotherightthing (as ),
My brother was recently transferred to Highbury Hospital from Thorneywood Mount, rehabilitation unit. The unit forwarded a letter on to Highbury and my brother asked me to look at it, because he didn't understand the content.
It was basically asking my brother to arrange to have a diabetic eye screening test. I thought there had been an error, because we had no idea my brother needed this test.
Anyway, on contacting the clinic it turns out that my brother had received requests to make an appointment since 2007 but so far failed to respond. It turns out that the Thorneywood Mount were fully aware of my brother's need to have this test and also fully aware that he might be diabetic. They did not however, feel that it was something that needed to be shared with the family. Nor did they feel the need to incorporate this important information in his care plan.
They say that they tried to get my brother to these appointments over the past 7 years. ? ?
As soon as the family were aware an appointment was made and my other half managed to take my brother for the test, without any problems.
Many thanks should go to my other half and to the person who carried out the test as part of greater Nottingham diabetic eye screening programme...he was apparently great with my brother.
Let's just hope now that there hasn't been any damage to my brother's eyes as a result of the ridiculous delay in assisting him with getting to this appointment.
A clear example I think of the need to involve and work with the family. Also unfortunately, an awful example of how people with mental health conditions often have their physical health needs overlooked.