I have recently lost my husband and cared for him at home until he died.
The help I had from my GP and the District Nurses was wonderful and could
not be faulted, the NHS staff are a credit to this country.
On the morning of the day my husband died, he needed a syringe driver for
his medication. The nurse was up and at the walk in centre early to get a
doctor to prescribe the drugs. He would not do this as he had not seen my
husband so a doctor was called from Ashford. He arrived very promptly and
prescribed the drugs. I had to then go out to try and find a chemist or
supermarket that stocked these drugs. I had had no sleep the night before
and was very emotional as I knew my husband was near the end. I was out for
about an hour and a half and by the time I got home, it was very obvious my
husband had deteriorated.
I understand this problem came about because of the Shipman case and the
doctors or nurses cannot keep them at a central store. I just want you to
know how very difficult this situation was for me and if something could be
changed so that families do not have to go through this stressful situation.
I will never be able to thank the NHS enough for the care and consideration
that was given to me and my husband in his last few weeks, there was not one
person who entered my house that I did not feel really cared and I think
every single one of you should be so proud of yourselves.
Written by talkhealth member Tanya