"I've lost my confidence to walk outside"

About: Davidson Cottage Hospital Rainbow Services

(as a service user),

I get the rainbow girls three days a week to help me with my shower and get dressed. Everything is alright, they are always very obliging. If I’m not well and don’t want a shower then I don’t have to and they’ll ask if they can do anything else instead.

I’ve got lots of family to help at weekends and to take me shopping. I need this because I’ve lost my confidence to walk outside. I had a heart attack and stroke 2 years ago. I had to learn to walk again as was in hospital for four months. I used to go for physio at Davidson hospital, it was really helpful but I feel my walking has now got worse. I’ve had a few falls recently when I’ve had to press my alarm button to get someone to come and help. I bought a walker to help me but my daughter thinks I walk too far away from it and I feel quite nervous when I use it.

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Response from Alice Abbott, Managing Director, Rainbow Services (UK) Ltd

Dear grvn22,

I am pleased that you find our staff helpful and obliging. It’s really important to us that you are happy with the staff that give you the support you need. I am sorry you have lost confidence with your walking. If there is anything Rainbow Services can do to help, please phone Head Office on 01292 294180.

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Response from Eunice Goodwin, Patient Feedback Manager for NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Quality Improvement and Governance Team, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

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Dear grvn22,

You have to be admired for your strength, you have come such a long way since your heart attack and strokes. I was wondering if you have had a Physiotherapist or an OT review recently. If you have not it may be worth talking to your GP again. A review and some support may help you at this time. Thank you for telling us your story. I will be very happy to share it with the physiotherapy team.

Kind regards,


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