Updated yet again to add :
My brother was indeed "drained" on Monday and discharged home on Tuesday. God willing, there will be some sustained progress this time round........
Updated to add:
I was asked if this was a common occurrence with the NHS...oh yes, unfortunately.
There are many treatments for diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's etc, for which there is ample evidence of benefit, but a wonderful committee called NICE evaluate the cost/benefit ratios and decide whether or not they will recommend them to be used on the NHS. You can still get them if you pay privately, though.
Shortages of staff, equipment and medication are all too common. Sometimes you are lucky, sometimes not.
And to complicate matters, each area health authority can decide which of the NICE authorised treaments or drugs they will fund for NHS use in their own area.
You can end with a situation where people in the same town are on completely unequal drug protocols for their identical ailment, because they live in different streets and have different postcodes (zip codes)which means they fall into different hospital catchment areas.
Up till now, my brother's care on the NHS has far surpassed the care he recieved from a well-known private medical company here in the UK, but I own to being upset that he is in unremitting and needless pain for 60 hours because our local hospital doesn't have any of the "right" drainage needles or a qualified member of staff on duty this weekend to do the procedure.
It sucks, frankly.
But he has been told he will be first on the list for the procedure on Monday morning :-)
My brother is back in hospital again, but his treatment can't start till Monday due to no staff able to perform the necessary procedure and also they have run out of supplies of the necessary needles.