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Just got out of hospital, in serious debt and struggling to live on what I'm getting

Jackie61 Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited October 2021 in Benefits and financial support
I have just got out of hospital after emergency surgery and struggling to live on the pittance I'm getting. I'm getting into serious debt and don't know where to turn


  • JennysDad
    JennysDad Member Posts: 2,299 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Jackie61 and a warm welcome to the community. So very sorry to hear you are experiencing such difficulties.
    I can't help directly, but I'm going to forward your post to our benefits team and, things being as bad as they sound, you might like to call us on our free advice line number 0808 800 3333.
    Warmest best wishes 
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,847 Connected
    @Jackie61 here’s hoping for a straightforward recovery. How long were you in hospital for and which benefits were you getting before you went in? Have any of them stopped or reduced whilst you were in?
  • Topkitten
    Topkitten Member Posts: 1,285 Pioneering
    I think a lot of the possible answers would depend on what you had done, what the initial problem was, whether the problem is now "cured" and whether you will be able to function normally from now on.

    Sorry not to be of much help and I don't mean you should tell us your life story. Perhaps such information would be needed by the benefits team so please consider at least explaining to them.

    "I'm on the wrong side of heaven and the righteous side of hell" - from Wrong side of heaven by Five Finger Death Punch.
  • Jackie61
    Jackie61 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    I was in hospital for 2 months. I had emergency surgery and put into a coma for 2 weeks, fought pneumonia and sepsis and came out with a stoma( to keep it short). I am now 3 stone underweight and lacking muscle. I was working before I went in hospital, but I currently couldn't even walk the 5 minutes it takes to get to work. I also have COPD. 
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Posts: 8,847 Connected
    Which benefits were you getting and what happened? Is the debt because if reduced benefits; things going unpaid whilst you were in hospital or a bit of both? The more details we have the more we can help you break it down and start to solve it.
  • susan48
    susan48 Member Posts: 2,222 Disability Gamechanger
    @Jackie61, just wanted to say, I hope you get the debt problems sorted and wishing you a speedy recovery 
  • Jackie61
    Jackie61 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Have spoken to step change and got a lot of good advice  :) being assessed for PIP next week, so here's hoping things start looking up, financially at least.


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