Thank you to everyone who wrote with advice and support when I found that after 33 years as a patient of the respiratory department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, they refused to admit me because I live over the border in Warwickshire, even though it was the clinical decision of my GP and consultant that I urgently needed treatment there.
I am still very worn out and having IV abs at home with a wonderful service called Recovery at Home. This stops next wednesday and I shall be discharged and back to square one, should the empyema flare up, which they have a nasty habit of doing.
I have emailed the BBC midlands health correspondent to find out what he knows about this scandal and when I have more energy I shall write to my MP and all of the relevant people about the situation.
Everyone is incredulous that when we supposedly have 'patient choice' one Trust can discriminate in this way , deny patients their clinical needs and get away with it. I am angry and very frightened as to how I will get the care I need, should I go downhill when the abs have finished.