Guest stever Posted February 12, 2009 Share Posted February 12, 2009 Once again,thanks to you all for your responses,they really are uplifting and reassuring. I dont know how far this will go,but it might be helpfull for others in the future. The story is as follows:-Tina was transfered to our local General hospital late saturday (7/02/09).When visiting on sunday,I was told by the staff that a consultant would be round monday to arrange a recovery package for her. At mondays visit,I was told that the consultant had been and a package had been put in place,but nothing was likely to happen until wednesday at the earliest (everything takes time). At tuesdays visit I asked what the lastest state of play was, and was told that they were preparing her for home.I questioned this as no-one had seen her for any kind of assessment,and,that I thought I was unprepared to be able to look after her properly at home.The staff said "why what do you want" I said that I had been on the internet and on BTG site,and felt that at least a visit from an Occupation Theropist would be good. The staff said they would arrange this. I said,but why should I have to find out about these things,and then have to ask for any kind of service.This question went unanswered. NOW THE INTERESTING PART (for your information) Tinas current status is that she has no physical problems (luckily),but like many has short term memory loss and bouts of extreme confusion. Tina works for Social Services,so,not knowing what to do,I thought lets use what avenues I have,and see if I can find a way of pulling some strings to ensure Tina gets the best of everything available,and is entitled to,to assist her best recovery now and later. I rang her employers and asked if they could point me in the right direction,using any contacts they have who could help. The first contact was Headway,and they have been extremely helpfull,and I am due to meet them soon to discuss what they are able to do. More interestingly,I was given the name and number of the top serious brain injury administrator for our region(who is based at our local general hospital).I rang this person,not expecting to get a reply,however,this person rang me back within a few hours. I explained the whole story (as above) to this person,who firstly was shocked that nothing had been done.This person said:- "do not accept any discharge until a full and satifactory care package has been put in place, this should cover,a social worker,occupational theropist,an intermediate care plan to cover minimum 6 weeks, an assessment to possibly refer to Neuro rehab,and that a whole home care package is arranged and put in place" This person also said that if I was unhappy with either the speed,or details of the package,to ring this person when I was at the hospital,and this person would come and meet me and the neccessery people concerned to sort this out. The hospital,on wednesday,had contacted the discharge department,and in liason with myself,would be putting together a total package. I will keep you informed as this progresses,but it would seem a lot of people may be missing out on assistance that they should be receiving. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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