"I worry about being in my wheelchair all night"
About: South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust / Patient transport service (PTS) South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust Patient transport service (PTS) Exeter EX2 7HY
Posted by Lead466 (as ),
I regularly need to go to hospital for treatment and, being in a wheelchair I need to have a transport ambulance to get me there and back. I never have a problem being picked up from home but getting back home is always a worry.
My appointments at the hospital take about 4 hours and so I would then get home at around 6: 30 – 7: 00pm when my carers come to help me get ready for bed. Two people are needed for the hoist. My biggest worry is that there will come a time when my cares will not have waited for me and I will be left in my wheelchair all night.
Over time the delays I have experienced being collected after my appointment have got worse. Can some provision be made for patients who, like me, are dependent on carers and need to get back home on time? The hospital appointments are stressful enough without the additional worry about getting back home.