Sutton OAP left on St Helier Hospital ward for three weekswaiting to come home

Sutton Guardian: Brian Arneil, 77, had a tough wait Brian Arneil, 77, had a tough wait

An elderly man had to wait an extra three weeks bed-blocking in hospital while social services put a care plan in place.

Brian Arneil, 77, from Sutton, suffered a stroke nine weeks ago which left him paralysed on his left side.

He was taken to St George’s Hospital, in Tooting, and then transferred to St Helier where he remained for three weeks after he was supposed to be discharged.

Speaking last week his son, a retired scaffolder Vincent Arneil, 52, said: "We have been waiting three weeks for social services to put a care plan in place.

"We keep getting fobbed off by social services who need to put a care plan in place. They say he needs what is known as a double up plan because he needs two carers.

"They say they haven’t got the means to do it at the moment. Every day I’m calling and I’m at the hospital every day.You never get to speak to the same person - it’s just buck-passing."

"He’s really frustrated - he just wants to get home. It has just been going from pillar to post and in between that he’s stuck in there frustrated. I’m sure they must need his bed.

"Two weeks ago we had a big rush - I blitzed his house so he could come home. We were under pressure as we were given a day for him to come home. But two weeks later he is still sitting up there. It has been a total shambles."

Mr Arneil was finally sent home on January 24 and a spokesperson for Sutton Council said: "Putting a care package in place took longer than we would normally aim to achieve, resulting in Mr Arneil being discharged from hospital on January 24.

"Although it would have been our wish to see Mr Arneil return home as quickly as possible, we had to ensure that the necessary arrangements were in place to ensure his safety and effective support for his recovery."

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11:04am Fri 7 Feb 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

So what would be the story had he been sent home, without the right care plan in place, and had injured himself or worse? Remember Gloria Foster?

Gloria DIED last February because she was left for 9 days without food, water or medication, when her care provider was shut down and she was forgotten.

If you rely on a stretched service, you have to either accept delays will occur or pay for it yourself. Retired at 52 would suggest Mr Arneil jar is not short of a bob or two.

Well done social services for doing the right thing. Seems you're damned if you do and damned if you don't.
So what would be the story had he been sent home, without the right care plan in place, and had injured himself or worse? Remember Gloria Foster? Gloria DIED last February because she was left for 9 days without food, water or medication, when her care provider was shut down and she was forgotten. If you rely on a stretched service, you have to either accept delays will occur or pay for it yourself. Retired at 52 would suggest Mr Arneil jar is not short of a bob or two. Well done social services for doing the right thing. Seems you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. Mr Flange of Wallington
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10:47pm Sat 8 Feb 14

lilacgeorge says...

Totally agree!!! My father-in-law was discharged on christmas eve from st george's into emergency respite, on thursday he was discharged from the home because his 6 weeks respite was up..... he was meant to have a care plan in place.... my husband went round Friday morning and thank god he did....his dad was on the floor where he'd been all night after falling trying to get from his bed to the commode! His legs were bleeding from where he is on steroids (for cancer) and his skin is so thin, he had messed himself where he was stuck on the floor unable to get up! Had my Husband not turned up my father in law would not be here now! The 'carer's' FAILED to turn up thursday night, FAILED to turn up friday morning and eventually after lots of phone calls finally turned up friday night!!!! In total 4 visits were missed!!!! PLEASE don't complain because the hospital won't send you home due to no care package.....I wish to god that my Father in law was still in hospital because (if I'm honest) he will not survive at home....he is not fit nor safe to be on his own, especially when the carer's forget to CARE! Forgot to say, a district nurse turned up mid afternoon(after we rang GP surgery begging for help) to dress his wounds - 8 in total caused by his fall - and she used the COMMODE as a table for the sterile dressing pack to dress the open wounds!!!!!! Words fail me!!!!! PS I am a Nurse so not being unfairly critical!
Totally agree!!! My father-in-law was discharged on christmas eve from st george's into emergency respite, on thursday he was discharged from the home because his 6 weeks respite was up..... he was meant to have a care plan in place.... my husband went round Friday morning and thank god he did....his dad was on the floor where he'd been all night after falling trying to get from his bed to the commode! His legs were bleeding from where he is on steroids (for cancer) and his skin is so thin, he had messed himself where he was stuck on the floor unable to get up! Had my Husband not turned up my father in law would not be here now! The 'carer's' FAILED to turn up thursday night, FAILED to turn up friday morning and eventually after lots of phone calls finally turned up friday night!!!! In total 4 visits were missed!!!! PLEASE don't complain because the hospital won't send you home due to no care package.....I wish to god that my Father in law was still in hospital because (if I'm honest) he will not survive at home....he is not fit nor safe to be on his own, especially when the carer's forget to CARE! Forgot to say, a district nurse turned up mid afternoon(after we rang GP surgery begging for help) to dress his wounds - 8 in total caused by his fall - and she used the COMMODE as a table for the sterile dressing pack to dress the open wounds!!!!!! Words fail me!!!!! PS I am a Nurse so not being unfairly critical! lilacgeorge
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