The Last Six Months – blog launches a true story of one elderly woman’s plight during her treatment in an NHS Hospital

Joanna began writing The Last Six Months as a blog in order to allow the public to see how loved ones can enter a hospital setting with an outcome that you would never expect.  Her mother entered a NHS hospital to have a simple hip operation but there was a large tragic turn of events and the next six months took a serious tone as she deteriorated away slowly day by day.

Joanna stated that it was hard to write down every detail of the entire ordeal but she found great comfort in creating a diary that tracked the progress of each day that a lived one spent in a hospital and was helpful when things started to go wrong because they provided a reference point.  She added that sometimes a short stay in the hospital can turn into an adventure of emotions that you could not have expected.
In this unique and original way, the author started publishing the first entry from the day before her mother went into hospital from 18th July 2007 in blog format, . The blog is updated daily and the reader is able to follow as the story unfolds day by day.

The Last Six Months started out as notes when Joanna’s mother, Kay, went into a hospital in London for a hip operation on 18th July 2007. Six months later, while still in hospital, she died. It has taken the author three years to make her diary public, three years to go back on her notes filling in all the details which has brought back all the hurt and pain her mother went through.

This is a story that should be brought to the attention of the public as this is still happening in our hospitals today.

Joanna’s notes have become an up-to-date diary of her mother and how her condition deteriorated during this terrible and tragic course of events. It has also allowed her to capture all the memories of their time together while she was in hospital: the laughs, the tears, the precious words that were spoken.

The Facts

The population of the UK is ageing. Over the last 25 years the percentage of the population aged 65 and over increased from 15 per cent in 1984 to 16 per cent in 2009, an increase of 1.7 million people. Over the same period, the percentage of the population aged under 16 decreased from 21 per cent to 19 per cent. This trend is projected to continue. By 2034, 23 per cent of the population is projected to be aged 65 and over (from The Office of National Statistics)