Roy Lineham spent nearly two months on our Inpatient Unit after he was admitted with Covid in April.

He also arrived with metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC), a complication of cancer, usually caused by the collapse or compression of a vertebral body in the spine.

Roy was bed bound and struggling to move due to the pain and psychological distress he was experiencing. He had a history of falls and was very fearful of having more. 

During his stay, Roy, pictured with his wife, Denise, having afternoon tea at Mountbatten, received daily rehabilitation from our therapy department.

This ranged from improving his strength and movement in his legs to helping his anxiety and practicing washing and dressing.

Roy was given goals to meet and our team made various referrals to other agencies, to ensure he was equipped to be at home safely.

“They are a great crew and they have done a wonderful job with me,” said Roy.

“They really had to persevere with me but that they did and I am so grateful to them.

“I could not move my legs at all but they managed to get me back to place where I could use equipment to get about.

“I cannot speak highly enough of them.”

Roy recovered from Covid and Mountbatten staff gave him a standing ovation when he was discharged.

He has since returned briefly for symptom management but has maintained his abilities and still able to get around using equipment.

“Roy was a joy to work with and a great example of palliative rehabilitation,” Lizi Nicholls, Advanced Occupational Therapist at Mountbatten.

“He worked with the therapists, setting and achieving goals. 

“It was an interdisciplinary approach, needing the whole team to join together to help Roy maximise his quality of life and independence.”