Jan. 13th, 2015

davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
Dear Dad's Rehab Unit,

12 hours notice of a discharge meeting is not a way to convince people that you are being above-board. It's pure chance I'm at the right end of the country and there's no time for us to contact the Stroke Association for support.
Scheduling the matron of the entire hospital to be there rather suggests you know you're asking for trouble.
Doing this a week after assuring us that it will be weeks before he is well enough to discharge, well Um!
Doing this a week after assuring us that we wouldn't be rushed into anything, well double Um!
A week after telling us not even to look for a care home, because we don't know what level of care he'll need - seriously, WTF?
Dad had had precisely two 'normal' days out of the last three weeks when you took this decision, strangely this doesn't meet my definition of 'stabilized'.
The last care home to agree to take him backed out because of his care needs even before his condition worsened, ignore that reality at your peril.
You want to move him onto the discharge ward, which you told us before Christmas was inappropriate for his needs. You admit his needs have since increased. I seriously doubt you can talk fast enough to convince us.
You are going to have questions asked of whether you can safeguard his care on a general ward, given demonstrated life-threatening issues the specialist unit has struggled with. Unconvincing answers will not go down well.
I am going to compare your handling of this with the treatment I recently received at what is allegedly the worst hospital in the country. You will not come out of this comparison looking good.
I am seriously tempted to pitch this sorry tale to the national daily I already have writing creds for, which just did a feature on bed-blocking. Do not push me. 
Signed
If you think I'm the quiet one of his children you're sadly mistaken....

Grr! Aargh!! *headdesk*

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