Disabled Rugby man sent home from hospital at 10pm just 48 hours after back operation with no care plan

Adam Carlton was released from hospital just 48 hours after having a back operation

Adam Carlton was released from hospital just 48 hours after having a back operation

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A disabled Rugby man was released from hospital at night just 48 hours after having back surgery, despite not having care in place at home.

Adam Carlton, from Brownsover, had the operation at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on May 8 to relieve the trapped nerves causing severe pain in his back.

If someone is sent home too soon then they could be in real danger and may even die

Adam Carlton

He said hospital staff were ‘in a hurry’ to send him home despite him telling them he had no one to help him.

The 47-year-old struggles to walk and is registered as disabled.

“I feel I’ve been let down big time by the hospital,” Adam said.

“I rang an ambulance on Friday because I was in excruciating pain and was taken to A & E where I waited 14 hours for the surgery. And then two days later they told me I was going home even though they knew I didn’t have anyone at home to look after me or any care plan in place.

“A patient from A&E actually came into my room while I was in there and, when I asked what they were doing, they said they had been sent down to use this room as I’d be going soon. It’s just not on.”

Adam said the hospital should take more responsibility for patient after-care.

“If someone is sent home too soon then they could be in real danger and may even die. It seemed like someone wasn’t doing their job properly that day and I don’t want other people to have an experience like mine,” he said.

Adam managed to arrange some basic care through his GP on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust said: “We would like to apologise for Mr Adam Carlton’s experience at University Hospital.

“As a Trust we try wherever possible to avoid patients being discharged after 10pm.

“Our staff aim to work closely together with other agencies to assess patients’ health and social care needs before they are discharged from hospital to ensure that any follow-up care can be put in place. We believed that we had done this on this occasion, but we are very sorry if Adam feels his concerns were not fully taken into account.

“We would like to wish Adam all the best for his recovery and encourage him to contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) so that he can discuss his concerns about his care during and after his recent surgery.”