Where am I

I managed to slip over on 6-November-2015 and fracture the femoral head of my right hip. This blog is just to keep friends and relatives up-to-date with my recovery. It also will show where the NHS is good and where there is opportunity to improve. If you click the images tab (above) there are a few images of the break before and after the repair.

Update 10-June-2016 - sadly the femoral head has avascular necrosis and a total hip replacement will be carried out on 15-June-2016

I am home in Stoke Bruerne

Monday, 7 December 2015

Day 32

Hugely disappointed in the food yesterday.  Breakfast (the most important meal of the day?) was fine but lunch scored nil points from me based on the tiny portions and the evening meal (delivered at 16:50) was stone cold. I know it is a Sunday but that is no excuse for sub-standard food.  The document from Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals suggests that a good wholesome diet is critical in ensuring a good long term outcome. I am not sure why the main meal of the day is at midday - it wasn't on the ward so I don't suppose there is a medical reason for it.  Best not to ask probably!

Had a session with the OT lady (Jenni) this morning.  She says there is nothing than can be done to hasten my move out of here (to wherever) until I have my appointment with the fracture clinic next week (Monday - jut a few hours less than seven days now) so it is just a question of me doing the exercises I have been given and waiting for the outcome of the appointment - that's just not my style - I want to be doing as much as I can to bring the date for going home forward.

Getting to the Fracture Clinic next week seems as if it has come out of an Ealing Comedy.  The details are:

  • Appointment is for 09:30
  • No one, who is trained, can be found to escort me in a wheelchair the 260m Google Maps tells me I am from the Fracture Clinic
  • I have said that my friend Vicky will escort me but that doesn't fit with NHS guidelines
  • I therefore have to be ready at 07:30 to go to the Fracture Clinic (what about breakfast?)
  • Once the appointment is over I have to wait (up to two hours again) for an ambulance to bring me the 260m back to Cliftonville (what about lunch?)
  • NHS you can save a fortune here somewhere
  • Meantime I am allowed to go to Stoke Bruerne and take myself up and down the towpath unescorted.......
If it wasn't so sad it would, I think, be funny.

A lovely visit from Sarah Brown (CRT) this evening - thank you Sarah for doing the shopping and for ironing my cross stitch.

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