"The latest on my father in law"

About: Queen's Hospital, Burton Upon Trent

I hope this latest review helps anybody reading it with similar problems not knowing where to turn. My father in law has been in hospital again following yet another fall and sent out again in a poorer state. There has been more situations where he has been able to make decisions without realising the consequences and his GP said to me that he is allowed to make them. In desperation I rung Human Rights after finding them on web. I was told as I expected that my father in law is actually causing neglect and abuse to himself and compromising his human rights and probably ours as well. I was advised to contact Social Services to get a Mental Health Care Assessment. I phoned the Social Worker and they said that this needs to be put in place by the GP. He never advised me of this even though it could have been done weeks ago. Also they said the hospital could have done it whilst he was a patient and they said that if he was to go into hospital again soon we must insist he has it done at the time by the hospital's own assessment department. Why were we not given a brochure months ago telling us where we could access help? We have had so much stress not knowing what to do. Finally, previously my father in law had asked for the GP after a fall over a piece of furniture in his home. While on the phone they questioned why my father in law's notes said he had Parkinsons of the legs. 'Parkinsons of the legs doesn't exist', they said. Well we accepted what the hospital had diagnosed although I had never seen it start in the legs before in others I knew. This has been a long journey and we still don't know how it will turn out. However what we have found out may help you when you are in that confusing, stressful situation we were. All the best.!!

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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 care, treatment and discharge from Queen’s Hospital. For us to take this further we would need your father in laws consent to provide you with an appropriate response and personal information. Alternatively you can make contact with our office on 01283 593110 we are available Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:30. Kind regards PALS team