Kirby pensioner’s joy after prescription u-turn

NMAC11-0804-1''Ivan Braddow and his mother Edith pictured outside their Kirkby home
NMAC11-0804-1''Ivan Braddow and his mother Edith pictured outside their Kirkby home

A KIRKBY pensioner whose prescription for incontinence pads was stopped has been told she can carry on receiving them for another six months.

Last month Chad reported that 77-year-old Edith Braddow, who is registered blind, had been receiving prescription incontinence pads for the past three years.

Mrs Braddow was recently asked to bring some of her used pads to Ashfield Health Village - but was told the she was no longer eligible to receive the prescription.

He son and full-time carer Ivan Braddow said that a nurse had told them it was ‘due to the cuts’.

But when her case was reviewed by a nurse on 7th April, Mrs Braddow was granted a six-month extension to her prescription.

This week, Mr Braddow said: “She is a lot happier now, at least temporarily.

“She was incredibly down and that is the side of things the health service does not take into account. You become isolated and you can’t get out - it’s a huge thing.

“They used to prescribe these pads to these people who were mildly incontinent and now they have to be substantially incontinent.

“But that’s not the point - you still need that emotional crutch.”

The decision means that Mrs Braddow is now able to enjoy going out again and can sleep at night.

But Mr Braddow criticised the practice of having to bring in used incontinence pads.

He added: “I am still angry that they have to take them in the first place.”

A spokesman from Nottinghamshire Community Health (NCH) said: “The aim of the continence service is always to return patients to continence wherever possible.

“Pads are only prescribed for those patients with moderate to severe incontinence.

“All patients presenting with continence issues are offered a comprehensive clinical assessment, which includes reviewing existing pads to ensure adequate absorbency and comfort to the patient, as defined by National Good Practice, followed by a clear treatment plan.

“This is followed up by an agreed review date.”

“To promote patient dignity a home delivery service has recently been introduced to streamline the provision of products prescribed to patients, removing costs incurred for storage and administration.

“If any patient is unhappy with any aspect of the continence service provided by NCH we are more than happy to address individual concerns.”

Anyone who would like to discuss any concerns should call Mansfield 785132.