About: The Whittington Hospital

In early December my husband was admitted to your hospital with a fractured leg and pelvis. fractures normally, from what I have been told take 5 to 6 weeks to heal. After 2 weeks you intended to send my husband aged 80 years, back to a tiny cramped flat and just myself as carer. My husband has vascular dementia and normally walks with the aid of a zimmer frame at home. the hospital was informed of the fact that it was inadvisable to send him home until he was back to his previous level of mobility.

I had to get our G.P and the Social Worker to fight your terrible decision. After discussion it was decided that a period of convalescence before returning home was the best way to proceed, in my husband's case.

A place was sought that could take him, and this place had to have hospital bed facilities.

Instead of waiting for confirmation of a placement for my husband , your hospital ghosted him out to a home that was in no way prepared for him and had no bed.

Obviously, unlike the Whittington, this home showed compassion and made up a space for him. A man who has worked all his life and paid into the NHS for 65 years to be bundled about like a bag of rubbish. Dignity what dignity...After speaking to other people in the community I found that your hospital has a terrible reputation amongst the public and UCH is the hospital a lot of people prefer.

|I am thoroughly disgusted by your 'care ' and hope to god I never have need of your service personally as I know how I can expect to be treated.

Where is the caring service nurses and doctors like to spout about or is it only the celebs who get it?

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Response from The Whittington Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to share what has clearly been a very difficult experience for you and your husband. We are incredibly sorry to hear about the issues around his discharge.

You have raised some important issues and if you wish to do so please do get in touch with us so that we can investigate this more fully. You can contact our patient advice and liaison service on 020 7288 5551 or at whh-tr.whitthealthPALS@nhs.net.

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