From that perspective from health professionals I think... just as an instance, my grandson put, he’d got the bath sponge in the bath and he’d pulled a little piece off and put it up his nose, and this caused a problem and we had to take him to A & E. And it was just horrendous the performance we had with the doctor that was on duty in A & E because, “What is this autism?” He was a foreign gentleman. “What is this autism? I don’t understand? “And you just wring your hands, you know, just feel so frustrated because, so there’s not the understanding. I don’t think there’s enough knowledge among health professionals. I mean if it’s their field like the paediatrician, the consultant paediatrician that diagnosed them, yes.
But my grandson had a fall recently, and broke his leg, through an accident at one of the play centres in our local town. And... my daughter took him to, no my son-in-law took him, because my daughter had a yoga class, and my son-in-law took him to A & E because it was too late for her to cancel this, the class that she was running. And they immediately alerted Social Services, because they said it didn’t look like a regular accident, and my son-in-law couldn’t explain the situation enough.
So that was a bad situation to be in, because, but my son-in-law did say that we could, he could produce an accident report from this place where the accident had happened, and because he had a fracture and had to have a pot from thigh to toes... it was sort of distressing for [grandson’s name], but it was distressing for my son-in-law as well. Because as he said, he said before he left, before my son-in-law left with my grandson that he would have to inform Social Services, and they would be investigating and he was just [small laugh] you know, well if you have to do that, you have to do that, he said to the guy. But he said, “You know, I can assure you that it was an accident.” You know, he said. “Well this is normal procedure, we have to do this, so...”