"Why wasn't my 84 year old friend accompanied to her door?"
About: Bridport Community Hospital Bridport Community Hospital BH4 8EP www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk NHS Dorset CCG NHS Dorset CCG DT1 1TS South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust / Emergency ambulance South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Emergency ambulance Exeter EX2 7HY
Posted by Legg007 (as ),
My 84 year old friend came out of Bridport Hospital yesterday and was taken home in a sit in ambulance arriving home in mid afternoon. She's very unsteady on her feet and is very likely to fall over if she isn't supported. For some strange reason the ambulance man didn't accompany her to the door and let her walk on her own. While she was walking to the door, she fell over and banged her head. I was up in her flat and saw her down on the ground after she had fallen. The paramedic who came afterwards agreed this shouldn't have happened and was intending to report this. My friend is now back in Dorchester Hospital. If she had not fallen, she would not be there.
I don't want anyone to get into trouble here but I think it's important to make sure this doesn't happen again. There must have been a breakdown in communication here as it's clear that ambulance driver was unaware of how unsteady my friend is on her feet.