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Patient's 23-mile walk home

Officials say they are investigating claims a patient admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties was forced to do a 23-mile journey home on foot.

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Hospital 'sent patient on 23-mile walk home'

I was literally clinging on to bramble bushes as I edged along the hedgerow in the face of oncoming traffic. I was shattered, freezing, I felt giddy and I lost my footing more than once.

Mr Rees had been at home in the village of Llanwrda, near Llandeilo, on New Year's Eve when he was hit by a bout of uncontrollable coughing and shortness of breath. He was examined by a paramedic at home, who called for an ambulance to admit him to hospital.

After X-rays, blood tests and an examination Mr Rees was told he could go home.

He said he walked 10 miles before encountering a police officer who urged him not to walk any further because it was "too dangerous".

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