My husband has Alzheimers and last Saturday he was suddenly gripped with severe stomach pains I dialled 111 to describe his symptoms and the decision was made to send an ambulance crew. They arrived promptly and having checked him over decided to take him to A&E. This was approx 9pm, we finally left the hospital at 4.30 am. The whole experience would have been distressing for anyone in elderly years (he is 74, I am 63) but for someone with dementia who was so obviously disorientated, the experience was beyond belief. It is worrying that there is no specialist provision for someone with dementia. Dont get me wrong, I know anyone who is in A&E is there for good reason and probably in as much distress, but the lack of provision and understanding left me worrying that this illness is still not catered for by the medical profession.
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