"My aunt and a leg ulcer"

About: University Hospital Of Wales / Older people's healthcare

(as a relative),

Aunt is 85 years old and never had a day in hospital before. Has all her faculties, and lived independently with her 80 year old sister prior to hospital admission with pnuemonia.

After discharge fell at home, and about a week later was discovered to have what was described as "a wound" on her leg at the heel. The "wound" was later called an ulcer - but spread into the heel and became a gaping hole...

Aunt was taken into hospital (The Heath, Cardiff). For 7 months she was mostly confined to bed/chair whilst medics tried to decide what was best course of action - including amputation as ulcer continued to eat into foot. During her stay she contracetd several "viruses" which physically wipped her out.

Her ulcer has healed (!) and she has been discharged but cannot walk due to such a long period of no mobility and has no strength in muscles etc. She was independent - she now has 4 x care visits per day. If action/decisions had been made within 6 weeks of admittance - it could have been a very different recovery position now.

As she says - being in hospital has made me an invalid -and put such a strain on her sister attempting to supplement care that she has now gone into hospital.

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Response from Sheila Harrison, Assistant Director Patient Experience, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Hello Another Auntie

I am sorry to hear of your aunts experiences, from what you write the outcome from her hospital stay is not what would we wish for. If you would like to contact me with further details we can investigate more fully.

You can email me on sheila.harrison@wales.nhs.uk

I do hope to hear from you

regards

sheila

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Update posted by Another auntie (a relative)

Thank you - I shall be folowing up your contact.