Elderly Glynneath man left crying for help after being "dumped" at home following stay in Morriston Hospital
AN elderly widower is claimed to have been left crying for help after being "dumped" in his home after a stay in Morriston Hospital.
He had no family to turn to and resorted to ringing his local councillors.
Eventually a Neath Port Talbot councillor put in a call to social services and help was at hand within a matter of hours.
The unnamed man's plight was highlighted at a Glynneath Town Council meeting.
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Members are now looking to provide an answer machine message and update their website advising people where they can turn to if they need emergency help.
Deputy town mayor Joan Bodman said: "An elderly gentleman was sent home from hospital after a very short stay.
"When he came home he was very incapacitated and didn't have any way of getting help from anywhere.
"He was very a elderly gentleman and was more or less kicked out of Morriston Hospital after a little procedure. He was very confused and very upset."
Councillor Robert Parry said: "He was crying for help. He was abandoned by the hospital and dumped in his house. He's a widower and didn't have anyone he could turn to."
Councillor Alf Siddley, who is also a Neath Port Talbot councillor, said he knew the elderly man and had a call from him.
"I immediately got on to social services," said Mr Siddley. "They were there within two hours."
Councillors agreed to look at updating their website to include emergency numbers, and have an answer machine message with the same information.
An Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board spokeswoman said: "We have a board-wide discharge process to ensure effective and safe discharge from our hospitals.
"Plus a number of services are run by ourselves and social services in the community, which staff can arrange, to support patients when they return home.
"Unfortunately, without any further details we are unable to look into, or respond, to this particular case."