Birthday brings surprises
When Claire Chapman fell out of her bed early in the morning and ended up in Waikato Hospital’s emergency department it felt like the worst birthday present ever.
Turning 78 in the back of an ambulance then lying in an emergency department bed was not how the former Wellington Hospital nurse thought the day would end up.
Neither did she think she would be presented with a Waikato Hospital history book and a calendar for being the 100,000th person through Waikato District Health Board’s five emergency departments this calendar year.
Mrs Chapman moved to Hamilton in October after 50 years in Tokoroa with her late husband, who was the town’s Assembly of God minister.
‘‘This is my first fall and I don’t want to do this ever again,’’ she said as she accepted the gifts from associate charge nurse manager Anne Koppens.
She feels a bit bruised and battered with sore muscles and insists the fall is a reminder to take things easy.
She is in no hurry to return to Waikato Hospital’s emergency department but was full of praise for the treatment she received.