Please take the time to read this post, it is very long but I really need you to do this.
Please take 5 minutes to read this man's story. I am not sure how clear this doctors report will be so I will write the contents here.

I am writing this in my capacity as a visiting medical officer, consultant physician in infectious diseases and hepatology.

This letter is to support Mr xxxxxxxhas end stage liver disease secondary to alcohol abuse and hepatitis C virus.

Clinically, this means his blood pressure is extremely low, he requires fluid draining from his abdomen at least weekly. His blood is unable to clot properly.

His liver and kidney function is getting worse. He requires close attention by doctors and nurses who are specialists in managing end stage liver disease.

Currently he has limited mobility and is likely to faint or pass out on minimal exertion.

Unfortunately, Mr xxxxxx is receiving maximal therapy for his conditions. The prognosis is extremely poor.

His life expectancy is measured in weeks, perhaps 2/3 months at most.

This letter was dated the 10th of June 2016 one month ago, his life expectancy is now 1/2 months.

This man was told yesterday by Wollongong Hospital that he would be discharged from hospital that day.

He was scared he would have no emergency accommodation after discharge. He was afraid of being sent to Sydney and “dying on the streets”.

He rang Wollongong Homeless Hub after being given the number by a social worker at the hospital. We had no idea the state he was in, and he was told to come to the Hub for support.

He walked to the Wollongong Homeless Hub from the hospital to seek assistance.

After an initial intake assessment: the support worker phoned the only men’s support service in the Wollongong, Shoalhaven area and was told they had no vacancies.

The Hub provided a toiletry pack and clothing including slippers. He told us that he did not feel well enough to be back on the streets so we drove him back to the hospital as he had not been officially discharged and still had the canular fitting attached.

The Hub then went and bought him pyjamas as he had none and took them up to the hospital about an hour later. We were then told he had been discharged and that he was going to Housing NSW One Place Coniston.

I was told the Social Worker had phoned and made this appointment for him.

I asked was he being transported to Coniston and was told no, but his belongings were being held for when he came back.

The Hub then phoned Housing NSW to follow up :just making this part clear (Housing NSW provided him with emergency accommodation for the night in a hotel and gave him a transport voucher to pick up belongings and go to the hotel. )

He had accommodation until 10am the next day - today- and then was to re-present at Housing today at 2pm. (where should a person in that physical condition go during that 4 hours ?)

The Hub then phoned Wollongong hospital and spoke with social worker advocating for him to be able to remain in the health system in hospital or pallative care.

We were told he had been assessed for pallative care but he did not meet the criteria as yet -but when he did he would be admitted. (How close to death do you have to be, to meet the criteria??)

This morning we attempted to phone him and could not make contact, we wanted to see if we could provide any support or transport to his meeting with Housing.

We then went to Housing at the time of his appointment and was told he was a no show. Housing phoned the Motel and he had checked at the required 10am, we then went to the hospital looking for him with no luck. We were very concerned for his welfare and phoned the police.

During this time another support worker from the Hub was continuing to phone him and managed to make contact he had left the area seeking assistance south of Wollongong and was back in another hospital as he required his stomach to be drained urgently. Less than 24 hours after being deemed fit for discharge.

He then was able to fill us in on what had happened since we dropped him at Wollongong Hospital yesterday;

The Hospital Social Worker made the appointment for housing and told him he was to present there, Housing required him to have a current bank statement and centrelink proof of income before they could assist him.

He walked to Centrelink and then the bank. Due to time restriction and his poor mobility he missed the bus- afraid of missing his chance of emergency accommodation appointment he then walked all the way to Coniston.

I am aware this post is long, and I thank you for perservering;

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