"update on my father in laws condition"

About: Queen's Hospital, Burton Upon Trent

I thought I would keep every body updated on my 95 year old father in laws condition. Saturday he had yet another fall and this time had lost full use in both his legs. The paramedic who attended said he should never be living at home on his own. They demanded that the ambulance take him to hospital. They wrote in his notes how serious they considered his condition to be. Monday(today) we get a call to say they are sending him home. Now he has a catheter fitted and nobody to fit the night bag so my husband has a quick telephone discussion as to the procedure and he is doing it as long as his father allows it. Father has waited in the departure ward of the hospital 8 hours for an ambulance. We get a call for us to fetch him in the car or they want to send him in a taxi.!! Now bear in mind this man has little or no use in his legs and it is impossible to get him in and out of a car. My husband receives a call from the Staff nurse in the departure ward saying that they disagree with father being sent home because he is not well enough and they have entered this information in his notes. Well I hope they have because they will be needed as evidence should the worse now happen.!! Social services want to arrange an assessment on him now we have contacted them about his plight. This is only if he agrees and if he says no we have no more help available. He has his human rights even though he does not have the intelligence any more to understand the consequences of his decisions. Like giving a child a box of matches and telling them not to start a fire. I am not allowed to access help from P A L S because he will not agree to them talking to me. So we do not have any rights but to stay glued to the phone and when called clean up the mess and observe the state after a fall up the wall, door jarm, toilet or kitchen door. If he falls up the stone built fire place there will be a massive mess. But at least then we have some come back.

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Response from Queen's Hospital, Burton Upon Trent

Dear Reviewer We are sorry to read your concerns about your father in laws discharge from Queen’s Hospital. As advised previously PALS would be happy to assist with your concerns. However, we are bound by patient confidentiality. Our office can be contacted on 01283 593110 we are available Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:30. Kind regards PALS team