SHEFFIELD RESIDENT'S LIFE SAVED AFTER NOT SEEING A DOCTOR FOR 60 YEARS
Mollie Gimbert had not seen a doctor for over 60 years when she presented at Sheffield City GP Health Centre for a check-up. She now believes that Sue Coupland, Nurse Practitioner at the centre, has saved her life.
Mollie, a 77 year old Senior Citizen from the Sheffield area, started to experience shortness of breath and a lack of energy over six months ago when visiting her sister in Tenerife. After returning from her trip in January this year she noticed a considerable decline in her health: a normal ten minute walk to the tram stop was taking her over half an hour. Mollie was also experiencing shortness of breath and felt that someone had "pulled a plug and taken all my energy".
Believing her symptoms were a result of old age, Mollie was only encouraged to book a GP appointment after speaking to her sister and asking for her help.
Having no registered GP, Mollie used Sheffield City GP Health Centre's walk-in service, telling staff at the centre that she simply needed a check-up. It soon became clear to Sue Coupland, nurse at the centre, that Mollie needed a thorough examination. Sue said: "She was very pale and had a pulse rate at 92 bpm, when 70 is normal for someone of her age. When results from blood tests we had taken came back it was clear that Mollie had a very abnormal full blood count and needed several blood transfusions as soon as possible."
Mollie was admitted to Hallamshire Hospital that same afternoon. Whilst waiting to be seen at the hospital Mollie said she felt that she was "drifting off" and "couldn't concentrate". Here, she was give five blood transfusions under the care of Josh Wright, Consultant Haematologist and said that she felt "immediately better" after just one blood transfusion. Mollie added that she "never felt she would feel that well again". Mollie was told that only people who have had accidents and have lost a lot of blood have a blood count as low as hers. After five nights at the hospital Mollie returned home with her sister Jean, who has been staying with Mollie since January.
This was the first time Mollie had seen a GP in over 60 years and commented that she can't remember ever being ill. She believes that the last time she saw a GP was when she was 13 and had an abscess removed from her neck. She says: "I was always reluctant to use the NHS services because I hadn't heard very good things about it, but I felt so comforted and safe at the Sheffield GP Health Centre and was treated so kindly that I just had to send a thank you letter and a box of chocolates as I believe they saved my life and that I was on borrowed time."
She is now a newly registered patient at Sheffield City GP Health Centre as she feels she has a "special bond" with the staff at the centre. She commented that she feels like a "new person".
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