Case Notes 20.1 Chuck Hooper



Read the case notes and complete the writing task which follows:


Mr Chuck Hooper is recovering after a time of paralysis.

Today’s Date: 25 March, 2023

Patient Details:

  • Name: Chuck Hooper
  • Age: 37 years
  • Wife: Marcy Hooper, 32 years
  • Children: No
  • Height: 6 ft
  • Weight: 82 kg
  • University football player (captain)
  • Profession: Zonal Sales manager (chemical company, on leave for a year, ready to resume job)

Medical History

  • Admission date: September 25, 2022
  • Discharge: November 08, 2022
  • September 25, 2022
  • Car collision (while returning from a pet shop with their new dog – Doberman pinscher, “Duke”)
  • Brought to Majesty’s Hospital, Sydney.
  • Subdural haemorrhage (motor section of the brain),
  • Complete L paralysis. Speech fully impaired. Double vision.
  • In critical list for a month
  • Company allows 1 year off.
  • Duke taken care of by a neighbour.

November 05, 2022

  • In wheelchair – physiotherapy + bath + exercise + wheeled walker. Nil progress.
  • Headed by his GP, Dr Adams, Chuck’s discharge and further care at home planned.

November 08, 2022

  • Discharged
  • Emotionally low.
  • “Marcy was found crying.”
  • Left alone at home.
  • Duke still in the neighbour’s place.
  • Dr Adam visits Chuck once or twice a week

November 23, 2022

  • Dr Adam suggests bringing the dog home.
  • Duke brought home.
  • Chuck fell badly (Reports Marcy: “He wanted to be standing up to show Duke that he was alright.”)

December 11, 2022

  • Deteriorating health.
  • Nil progress
  • Socially and emotionally at the lowest.
  • Holding to Duke’s belt and trying to talk to the dog.

December 17, 2022

  • Progress: Tried to stand up; Walked 4 steps

December 19, 2022

  • Progress: Walked 12 steps but fell badly
  • GP informed of the progress.

December 21, 2022

  • Progress: Walked ten meters

March 18, 2023

  • Physiotherapy with weights, pulleys and whirlpool baths commenced (upon GP’s instructions).’
  • Started receiving assistance from Sphinx Rehabilitation Centre.

March 23, 2023

  • Walked 200 to the local branch office of his company.
  • Worked for 2 hours.
  • Is determined to join the company full time from May, 2023.
  • GP and Nurse discuss the idea of getting the services of an animal assisted therapist for further recovery.

Writing Task Nursing

You are Ms Emma Noa, Chuck Hooper’s carer nurse at his home from Sphinx Rehabilitation Centre, Sydney. Write a letter to Mr Kevin Sharma, Animal-assisted Therapy (AAT) Centre, Golden Circle, Sydney, requesting his involvement in the care of Chuck with the assistance of Duke. Include the medical and social background of the case.

Writing Task Medicine

You are Dr Bridge Anderson, Chuck Hooper’s GP. Write a letter to Mr Kevin Sharma, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Centre, Golden Circle, Sydney, requesting his involvement in the care of Chuck with the assistance of Duke. Include the medical and social background of the case.

In your answer:

  • Expand the relevant notes into complete sentences.
  • Do not use note form.
  • Use letter format.

The body of the letter should be approximately 180-200 words.

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