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A TUNBRIDGE Wells man who changed his name to Elvis Presley is furious after claiming hospital staff refused to believe what he was called.

Mr Presley, 61, of Eastlands Road, said he was rushed by ambulance to Tunbridge Wells Hospital when the right side of his body became paralysed.

But when he arrived and gave his name, he said he was livid to hear a nurse respond: ?My name?s Priscilla ? now give me your real name??

He said he had got used to jibes over the years but the nurse?s alleged response left him seething.

?The nurse asked my name and I told her and she said ?pleased to meet you, my name?s Priscilla, now give me your real name,? he said.

?I?m just about fed up with it ? if she?s a nurse, she wants to go to attitude classes or something, I really wasn?t well.?

Mr Presley changed his name from John Coleman in 1977, when Elvis died.

?It was 3.30pm Memphis time in 1977 when the late King of Rock n? Roll, Elvis Presley, died,? he said.

?I don?t regret changing my name, it?s just the attitude of some people. Most of them I just shake off now, but the way the nurse said it was really abrupt ? if she was joking it would?ve been different.?

Mr Presley said he began to lose feeling in the right side of his body between his shoulder and foot on the evening of Saturday, June 20.

He was taken to hospital the following evening, at about 10.30pm, and claimed he hobbled home at midnight, which he said took five hours as he dragged his leg behind him.

He regained feeling in his body about two days later, but says he has remained upset at the way he was treated.

But he is still happy with his name, saying there had been similarities between his and the Jailhouse Rock star?s life.

?I?m still pleased I changed my name,? said Mr Presley. ?I really liked they guy.?

?He was brought up in a rough area of Mississippi, I had something similar in London?s Docklands area.

?He made films such as It Happened at the World?s Fair ? I used to work at a fair and a circus ? so we were both entertainers.

?I lived his story. Except for the millionaire part.

?I was always interested in him, his and songs and films. His songs had real meaning.

?Most people I know accept my name now and just say ?morning Elvis, afternoon Elvis?, it?s no big deal to them.?

A Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust spokesman said a complaint had been received and the circumstances were being looked into, adding: ?We are sorry Mr Presley was unhappy with his experience and we would like to emphasize that we expect our staff to treat all of our patients with respect and dignity.

?As this complaint is still being reviewed, we are unable to comment any further at this time.?

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Whilst he's in the hospital, he should get them to give him a sense of humour implant.

 

Seriously dude, if you're going to change your name to something like that, you need a WAY thicker skin! People WILL crack jokes at you.

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Whilst he's in the hospital, he should get them to give him a sense of humour implant.

 

Seriously dude, if you're going to change your name to something like that, you need a WAY thicker skin! People WILL crack jokes at you.

I hear ya. He should be use to it by now, you think.

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I thought the nurse was funny.  She should get a raise.

 

And the guy had no ID on him?  That is all he needed to show.

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Oh, I thought the real Elvis woke up from being accidentally frozen in the suspended animation ward. :shifty:

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What a moron; I like that nurse though.

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Whilst he's in the hospital, he should get them to give him a sense of humour implant.

 

Seriously dude, if you're going to change your name to something like that, you need a WAY thicker skin! People WILL crack jokes at you.

Yes, but not when he's rushed to hospital and the right side of his body is paralyzed.

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I hear ya. He should be use to it by now, you think.

o I'm sure he's used to it. It's just the occasion. I'm sure you will be furious when you are rushed to the hospital and a nurse joking about your name.

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I hear ya. He should be use to it by now, you think.

 

well, things tend to be less funny when your body is failing you for a yet unknown reason.

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Yes, but not when he's rushed to hospital and the right side of his body is paralyzed.

 

At such a time, someone attempting to lighten the mood is even more important.

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what!...he didn't have a picture ID :laugh: ...its a good thing she wasn't that evil Nurse Ratched from 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' and stepped all over his blue suede shoes.

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No offence but you get taken to Hospital under any circumstance and give what sounds like a made up or stupid name then ofc this is going to be the response, even on the stretcher in the A&E theatre if you give a name like that you can expect a smart ass answer.

Does common sense not suggest they get this from drunks/drugs/mental illness on a daily basis, thus most staff are going to be a bit quick witted in dealing with it.

No doubt tho he didnt mention how when they did check his name via ID and found out, how they probably and most likely apologized.

Lastly assuming they helped him, then really he can go stuff his name, as the fact they helped surely trumps one wise cracking nurse? (Plus as I stated above a little commmon sense...)

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At such a time, someone attempting to lighten the mood is even more important.

Good for you then. 

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the nurse didn't ask for his ID, like "Did you carry your ID card?"

go back to re-trainning class.

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the nurse didn't ask for his ID, like "Did you carry your ID card?"

go back to re-trainning class.

 

It's not a legal requirement to carry ID in the UK, and asking someone for their ID isn't exactly commonplace unless you're a cop or carding someone for booze/ciggies.  SOP in hospitals is just to ask the patient for their name etc.  They get a LOT of morons, drunk and the like, that just want to ###### around, so it's really not surprising she didn't believe a name like Elvis Presley.  I wouldn't either.

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