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"Swan District Hospital and Rehab and Aged Care at Osbourne Park Hospital. Perth "

About: Osborne Park Hospital / Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (DRM)

(as the patient),

I am a 74 year old lady living alone, using a crutch to save from falling, due to long standing spinal damage.

I had a fall (believe I may have been attacked) coming home. Unable to get up, after 2 hours managed to get the attention of a passer by, to get an ambulance. Badly damaged cut face, broken and loose teeth, various bruises etc etc. (Also the glutumous minus was torn from the bone and the minimus tendon damaged, but not diagnosed at the time).

The staff I saw at the Swan District Hospital were extremely carefull to eliminate brain damage, stroke or heart attack. I was told someone from the ACAT team would follow up on the Monday after discharge on Friday, as some funding for help would be needed.

Nothing happened, as I live on the wrong side of the street and the district dividing line goes through the middle of the street.

I was referred to the other district and a month later a nurse arrived, as the person doing the assesments was on holidays. She took a look at me, asked a couple of questions and said I was mentally too bright to go into a nursing home, so nothing was needed.

Unable to manage with the increased pain I saw a local Doctor who referred me back to the hospital after diagnosing the hip problem. I was transferred to the hospital in my district (Osborne Park) for rehabilitation, but as it was Saturday nothing would happen till Monday. I was told to go home and that someone from the hospital would be in touch Monday.

3 months later I received a letter from the Osborne Park Hospital for an appointment to a Orthopedic specialist for 9 months later. Due to the delays , I believe there is a good chance it may be too late to repair the muscle and 2 crutches may have to be used forever as my hip is giving way.

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