Hi, I've joined up as my neighbour's husband almost died from a CA when out walking on a hill (amazingly a nurse nearby kept him going), around a fortnight ago. He is a very fit guy in his 60s, but had a mild attack in a gym some years back and had a stent. He was in critical care for 4 days and is now in a ward, but is very confused. He has had a chest and a urinary infection and has been on antibiotics but I think is off them now. He does not appear to have had any surgical treatment yet - I think because of the infections.
I am very unhappy about the things she has told me about how things are going. She has not been able to speak to a consultant at all, or even a doctor. She is getting conflicting accounts about what is going on from nurses. He can't feed himself yet, and she has found cold, uneaten food on one occasion and another guy said nobody had come to feed him. He has had almost no physio - is this right? He can't get out of bed atm - needs a hoist I think, but they haven't used one yet. The visiting hours are evenings only so there's only overworked junior docs there then. I have cancer and have had various long stays in hospital and know how things work, but this all sounds bad? Any comments about what she should be doing and possibly what questions she should be asking. I have recommended ringing the consultant's sec to get an appointment. Also, there was confusion about signing a permission form for an angiogram/plasty? They said he should sign, but he's beyond that atm. Surely she can sign it?