Community Hospitals Scottish Borders


I was interviewed by ITV Border regarding The review of Community Hospitals in the Scottish Borders by NHS Borders on Thursday here is the interview. The petition is here

We’ve reached a crucial point in our campaign – next Thursday,  19th February 2015 we’re going to be delivering our petition to the board of Borders NHS

Now is the time to put the pressure on and make sure we get the right outcome. There are two ways you can help:

  1. Share the petition one more time so we can get a final new signatures before the hand-in:

http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/nhs-dont-close-community-hospitals-in-hawick-peebles-duns-and-kelso

  1. If you can make it, come along to the petition hand-in. The more of us that are there, the more impact we can have. Here’s what you need to know:

When: 19th Febuary 2015 @ 3:00pm
Where: NHS Borders
Rushbank
Newstead
Melrose
TD6 9DA
Extra info: It is not envisaged that this will last any longer than 30 minuets and  press will be invited so a big turnout would be great this petition is about People not buildings so please come along.

What a Week


I know I have not posted for a while as have been busy but this past week has just been worst for a while so had to post.

Just to update you. Last Tuesday Claire was still in a great deal of pain from her sinuses. I called the Doctors at O’Connell Street and a Doctor came out to see her. He was concerned that “Two Anti Biotic’s” had not cleared the Sinus Infection. He felt that the “Best option” was for Claire to go to the Borders General Hospital (BGH)  and arranged an Ambulance he felt there may be an issue with swelling on her Brain.

I helped Claire get Dressed and Come down the Stairs which was a great struggle. An ambulance came and decided to take her out in her wheelchair from the bottom of the steps at the Front Door.   It was at that point we realised that the tyres were flat on the wheelchair it was still however used and Claire was bumped down the steps at the bottom of the path in the wheelchair. They got her into the ambulance and to the BGH.

She was in A & E for Four Hours and saw 2 Doctors and had “OBS” done her Blood Pressure was low and her heart beat was high. The Doctor released her as they felt it was a Sinus infection but didn’t give her any Tablets. They have referred her to the ENT department.

 I drove her home we had a bit of struggle getting her into the car at the BGH as she was very sore by this time.  When I got her out of the Car we decided she would use her Zimmer which was the way she felt most confident to get in (it was after 6pm by this time). With a great deal of work I got her to the Steps at the bottom of the path and she made the first step she then fell I got her on her feet and she fell again. It was at that point Claire and I realised we were not going to get her in on our own and that Claire had hurt her knee and hip. I therefore dialled 999 and an Ambulance came, Claire at this point was sitting on the Steps in the cold. The Ambulance drivers talked about getting a special chair to get Claire into the house but after discovering that she had hurt her hip and knee they decided to take her back to the BGH. Claire felt she was able to get back to the Bottom of the Path and get on a Trolley bed she was very cold by then and had a number of Blankets over her but she was still on the cold surface. She managed this with help from me and the two ambulance men. They took her back to the BGH.

 She was at the BGH for Four hours again and had X Rays which showed no breaks she has a bruised hip and sprained knee. The A & E staff arranged for an Ambulance to take her home and I returned before she did. Two Ambulance Crews came and with the help of a special Electric climbing chair got her into the house and into the living room.

 She has not managed the Stairs and Monday Morning was still  sleeping sitting up in the Living Room. That was a whole 6 days after the hospital visit.

I had contacted Claire s OT (Occupational Therapist) by email on the Sunday night advising her of all this as she had been on Holiday the previous week. I telephoned her on the Monday Morning and we discussed the possibility of Claire getting a Hospital Bed for the living room. I was advised that none were available and that she could not tell me when one would be available. Scottish Borders Council are looking into Clawing Back Beds from the Community where they are no longer needed. I was advised that she may not even qualify for a bed. I therefore decided that I would bring a bed down from  upstairs.

We now have Claire in the living Room on a Single bed. We are seeing this as a positive step as she is able to be more involved in what is going on and has more room to move about. It is unfortunate that yet again it was us that had to solve the problem and that due to lack of funding at Scottish Borders Council the Social Work Department Could not help.

I know there are many stories like this out there at the moment as the Cuts in Local Authorities are hitting people like us the hardest. I am hopeful that Claire being in the living room will be a positive step and will keep you updated.

Mr G’s Salon


My wife Claire has started her own Blog at Speaking up for those that have unpaid Carers but when I read her latest post I  managed to get her to let me post on here as I find it quite amusing and hope you will too.

My husband has learnt to do so many new things since my illness began, he is now, of course perfected the art of laundry, got fed up of my love of washing dishes, so we acquired a dishwasher. The art of folding and hanging his laundry to such a perfect degree, that my second love, ironing, is hardly ever required.

Mr G’s cooking in all reality beats mine hands down so damn much. His soup making, stews, roasts, bread making and to top it off his bloody jam making skills, make me so damn jealous.

His hunting down bargains while shopping also beat mine I am ashamed to admit. Unless he shops with our eldest daughter, his weekly shopping means I can actually save money!!

Now he has yet again excelled at another new talent, Mr G to my utter and total amazement, not only cut my hair, he managed to thin it quite a bit also.

Although he has amassed all the above new talents, his biggest and best new talent his being an unpaid carer. He finds this a shock that he is able to care for me. I however never ever doubted he could do this, as I have always trusted in him and please believe me that I have total respect in every unpaid carer.

Take care.

Mrs G.

Being a Carer


Many of you may know me or know off me you may have read my other Blog where I have blogged on caring before. Well this blog will only be on Caring and Clare Lally and I felt that we needed to try to Speak to as wide an audience as possible. For myself I felt that yes I am involved in a number of organisations and am quite well know in certain areas but that’s not all I am. I am first and foremost a Carer for my wife Claire. She along with our Children Andrew, Esther and Fiona are my night and my day. We suffer together I feel her pain each day as if it was my own. I get frustrated when the doctor wont come to see her on her worst days and wants her to go to the surgery. I try to make her laugh everyday with my “Humour” those of you who know me well will know why I have put quotation marks round that. We laugh we cry we get to spend our time together. I feel ashamed when she is in a lot of pain and I have to get on with stuff round the house or when I know she is in a lot of pain even thou she tries to hide it. I still know as not only can I see it but our dog can too and wont go into the Bedroom. Don’t think i am  complaining about being Claire s Carer I would not want any other person to look after her. I have said it before I don’t want respite because this is what I love doing.