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From hip operation to six-mile walk for West Bridgford man

A West Bridgford man has overcome a painful hip operation with the help of a life-changing social care service.

78-year-old Brian Woodward went into Woodthorpe Hospital for a hip operation, but ran into health problems afterwards and was transferred to the City Hospital.

He was on very strong painkillers and had issues with his memory, as well as urinary problems, which meant he couldn’t get up and about straight away. He spent a total of nine days in hospital.

His wife Sandra Woodward said: “He dropped such a lot of weight – there was nothing on him.”

When Brian was medically fit to be discharged from hospital, the social care team at the hospital worked with him to help him return home safely.

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Sandra said: “I couldn’t fault the support we’ve had. It was through the hospital discharge team that he’s got all this help. A senior reablement worker got all the equipment we needed to get Brian back on his feet.

“Carers came in the morning and at night for five weeks to help Brian with showering and dressing. An occupational therapist got all sorts of equipment to help around the house. Our chairs were quite low, so we got some things to raise those. We also had a perching stool, commode and a shower seat.

“Once Brian had come out, it was so amazing the difference in four or five weeks, he was up and walking about. Last week we did a six mile walk! It’s a success story during Covid. If I didn’t have the help, I couldn’t have coped.

“We didn’t even expect social services to be involved. But they were there when we needed them.”

Councillor Boyd Elliott, Chair of the County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “It’s fantastic to hear how our teams are helping people like Brian and Sandra.

“By working with people to help them get stronger and more independent, people can once again do the things they enjoy, like walking or gardening, instead of relying on long term support.”

 

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