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Old 2nd March 2009, 12:43 PM
 
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Thanks very much - I'll look into it. At the moment he can't leave hospital as he still has a tube feeding him.

I am worried about this Gent. Please let us have an update on his condition Charlotte.......

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Charlotte, firstly i will say I am so sorry for you and your family to find yourselves in this situation.

I dont know who told you your uncle would not be entitled to treatment in the uk, that is simply untrue, any british citizen is entitled to NHS care, regardless of the situation, but i understand from past situations, the "helplines" are somewhat less than helpfull.

Maybe a stupid question, but did your uncle not take out insurance for his medical care?

i will try to find some more info for you from a frd who works in a bangkok hospital.

Good luck and best wishes for you and your family.

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Smile You do not

need this. It will not help, but I wish you the best. I too am ill and live here in Thailand. Doctors in US did not want me to come due to my health issues. I have lost 22 lbs, eat much better. I am in love again at 58 although in pain all the time. Doctor in US said I am a heart attack/stoke just around my corner. I hope I have now moved the table made changes? I am here till I die, I pray for a merciful death, don't we all!

Good luck and God Bless us all, we need his help. Do not forget to pray.


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HI. My uncle, aged approx 75 has lived in Pattaya Thailand for the last 20 or so years.

He recently has had a second stroke, and is left with his voice box paralised, and half his body paralised. He is all there "up there". He is obviously quite low, with very little contact with British people. Prior to this he was a party animal and as you can imagine, he's really low and desperate.

My father (70 years old) has spent the last week in Pattaya assessing the situation which is how I know what state he's in.

He has 2 thai girl carers, provided by the hospital he was in, neither of whom speak English, and he is apparantly very low and even asking them to push him off of the balcony. When I phone him, he can't speak, and they don't speak English, so its hard to find out how he is.

We are looking at the options for what to do next. Money is obviously an issue, as the sort of care he needs in the UK is going to be more than he or we can afford. If he were to stay around Pattaya Thailand, does anyone know if there is a residential care centre for the elderly who aren't mobile? He was in the Bangkok Pattaya hospital, but what he needs now is aftercare.

Does anyone know what, if anything he would be entitled to in the UK regarding benefits/medical etc if he were to return??

Is there anyone english speaking in Pattaya who could visit him every now and again to chat away to him a bit and cheer him up??

I am a single mum with a yound daughter at school, and live in France, so there is nothing I can do, and I am worried for my dad too as it seems alot for him to take on. He has to return to the Uk on the 15th as he is still working.

Any advice/help much appreciated


Charlotte.


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OK no care in UK, which is clear and is terrible. I would opt to stay here contact the myriad of hospitals in Bangkok for help. Medication is somewhat cheaper, and home care could be done real cheap I believe. Good luck.

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You are in my prayers Skycop. God bless you pal......

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I take one day at a time. On top of my illness I have had depression and had to seperate from my lifelong spouse. Was unhappy, but think about that for a moment. Starting over at nearly 60. Finding someone I feell in love with, just like I always had dreamed of, but Never had. Wow what an ordeal, could write another book that no would read too.

God Bless us all !

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Hi Charlotte, I Have worked in Thailand for many years, and commute between Thailand, Laos and the UK. As a Dr. can tell you the NHS WILL deal with your uncle, they have an obligation to do so!!!. If your uncle has a place to go to, (hopefully outsde f the main cities) and with a good GP, the social services should kick in. King Silk's comments unfortunately are correct, personally I wouldnt leave any sick relative alone in Thailand, and he will need a Drs letter to travel back. Very best wishes to your whole family, pm me if you require further information

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Oh for chrissakes. What is it with farang here and their 'if you don't pay a shed load of money to BUPA who will in turn fork it out to the vulchars that are the very lucrative private hospitals in business here, they will simply throw you to the soi dogs'. Seriously. I have amongst my friends and acquaintances those who have neither the funds nor the will to simply fund these hayeanas and whenever ill, take themselves off to the local government hospital from which they receive exceptional care at a nano percentage of the amount the private businesses, er, hospitals do. Your skin perhaps being of a lighter hue in no way hides the fact that your insides are exactly the same as the locals. And, by the way, if a govt hospital, Siriraj is good enough for the King of Thailand ...

Get the old geezer off to the local Mission/Wachira whatever there is in Pataya. Sometimes I think I'm living in a parallel universe here ...

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