"I was told I would be taken home to see how I could cope. I felt like I was just dumped."
About: Musgrove Park Hospital / General surgery Musgrove Park Hospital General surgery TA1 5DA
Posted by alone (as ),
In November 2011 my leg gave way and I had a fall, breaking my knee-cap and tearing my tendon. I was taken by ambulance to Musgrove where I had tests and x-rays, my leg was put in plaster before having an operation the following day.
I was moved to Gould ward where I stayed for the next 2 weeks.
The ambulance crew staff at A&E and my time in Gould Ward was excellent. It was a different matter when I was brought home.
I was told I would be taken home to see how I could cope! I felt like I was just dumped. I had no food as no-one knew I was coming home. I was told I would have a care package and from that day to this, no one has been anywhere near me. I'm still on crutches and have limited flexibly and can’t use bath, shower, oven etc. I have been able to get seated ambulances to take me to and from hospital visits. I have arranged this myself. I have found the people who arrange this very helpful.
I am elderly, live alone and have type 2 Diabetes. My neighbour has been kind enough to help with shopping etc. I am having physiotherapy and have arranged transport to get there and home. There is a lot of talk via TV of people being sent home after hospitalisation and being looked after at home. This is a new initiative which seems to be about saving hospital beds being blocked. I think this is a bad idea as I can see people dying if left alone.