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Barbara Loughton, Sidcup resident

PUBLISHED: 14:38 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 25 August 2010

Barbara Loughton, Sidcup resident My husband is on life support in Intensive Care at Queen Mary s Hospital, Sidcup (QMS). I would like to pay tribute to the care he has received.

Barbara Loughton, Sidcup resident

My husband is on life support in Intensive Care at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup (QMS).

I would like to pay tribute to the care he has received. The staff are highly trained and caring and, of course, this is a specialised ward.

Nothing is too much trouble, and the ward is very busy. This ward will disappear if the A&E closes, so Bexley will lose all this caring expertise.

I am grateful it is still open because to travel on one bus let alone two would defeat me. As a disabled person I need space to get out of the car and I know I can get a disabled parking space at QMS.

The other two hospitals are at least double the journey on a good day and parking is a nightmare.

I have no experience of Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, except to say visiting twice a day would be a journey of over 40miles.

As I can get out of the house I am registered as low risk disabled and there is no assistance available. My family lives miles drive away and can usually only manage weekends.

Thank goodness I can drive or my husband could have been left without visitors when he most needs our help and support. I wonder how many other disabled or elderly people are at such a disadvantage?

I have been attending meetings for two years listening to Bexley Care Trust reporting changes are about care not finance, and closer to home. I do not believe it.


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