Two years and a day after my dad died in East Surrey Hospital my mother is back there. She had a bad pain below her chest but was clearly not a heart problem. I went in the ambulance with her to the hospital.

The hospital was the quietest I have seen it for decades so there was no stress at admittance and not much waiting. The X-ray showed air in the abdominal cavity. She is fine unless she breathes deeply, but she needs a surgeons assessment, and almost certainly more testing. The key to managing the condition is finding the cause.

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