Businessman Upset At Treatment Of Elderly Visitor By Hospital

Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Photo © Copyright Tony Atkin

A St Mary’s businessman is so upset at the way an elderly Scilly regular has been treated by Treliske Hospital, he’s launched a cash appeal to help the visitor.

Adam Smith has offered to find half of Eric Woodin’s fare back to Scilly after the visitor was left stranded on the mainland following a medical evacuation.

On Tuesday night, the 87 year-old fell and hurt his head walking towards Tolman Café. The Hospital sent him by air ambulance to Treliske. But Eric’s friends feel he wasn’t treated well when staff at the mainland hospital told him to find his own way back to Scilly from Truro.

Eric, who has been stating at The Wheelhouse, found his favourite Penzance accommodation was booked.

Long-time friend Sandra Evans says he loves Scilly and often stays for a month at a time. Sandra has known Eric and his late wife since the 1970’s. There’s a bench presented in her memory at Old Town Bay.

Sandra says Treliske staff should not expect an elderly man, who has sustained a head injury and who didn’t event have a mobile, to be able to make their own way to the island.

Laura Mason of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust said they agreed with our Council not to fund holidaymakers’ travel. They advise them to deal with their travel insurance provider or approach their home primary care trust.

They do assist residents registered with the St Mary’s Health Centre with travel back to the islands when they are brought to our hospitals as an emergency.


UPDATE Thursday 14th June 14.30:

Adam says the money was raised this morning to bring Eric back to Scilly. He was due to catch the 12:30pm helicopter to St Mary’s.