"My Husband"

About: City Hospital campus / General medicine

(as the patient),

Taken to hospital just under three weeks ago with a stroke. Told he could go home last Monday which was great and a hospital bed was sent to our home. Then told unless he could get into a chair himself the ambulance couldn't stretcher him home

we live over 3 floors and we have stair lifts to our main bedroom I explained but the whole thing was called off as no ambulance firm would do it.

Now last Friday I was told I would have to wait till next Wednesday to discuss his care on return. He is very very upset at not being home now and this is making him worse.

I have contacted a private care company and a private amblance company and I want to know if he can then just leave? Married 40 years and miss him.

After the meeting on the Wednesday my Husband was discharged next day and was sent home in an ambulance.But why the long wait for this I don't know as he wasn't receiving any treatment that he couldn't have had at home.

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Response from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Thanks for taking time to get in touch. I’m sorry to hear about your experience. The situation you describe relates to the patient transfer and it sounds like the decision would have been made by East Midlands Ambulance Service. If you would like to contact them to discuss this further you can do so on 0333 0124216 or email communications@emas.nhs.uk. However, I will gladly discuss this with you as well. Should you wish to get in touch you can contact me on Beverley.brady@nuh.nhs.uk.

Kind regards,

Bev Brady.

Matron, Stroke.

Response from Stroke Association, Stroke Association


We noticed your post and thought you may be interested to hear about the Stroke Association and how we may be able to support you. I was sorry to hear of your husband’s stroke and the difficulty you had with getting him home.

Our Stroke Helpline is there for anyone who has been affected by stroke. You may want to know more about stroke and its effects, be looking for practical information and support, or simply need someone to talk to. The Stroke Helpline is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm and on Thursday from 9.00am to 3.30pm. The helpline number is 0303 30 33 100. You can also email us at info@stroke.org.uk. We also have a range of services across the UK, providing information, advice and support to stroke survivors and their families. You can find out if there is a service in your area from our website www.stroke.org.uk/finding-support

Finally, you can also find lots of information about stroke on our website at www.stroke.org.uk. You can read about our services and download all of our publications free of charge. You can also join TalkStroke, our online forum where you can meet other people affected by stroke and share your experiences.

I hope that this is helpful and that your husband is now getting the support that he needs to make the best recovery possible.

Stroke Information Service


Stroke Association staff are not medically trained and the information provided does not replace information given to you by your own healthcare provider.

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