On Tuesday 5th December, after a couple of weeks of increasing concern for his health, Bishop Mead was admitted by ambulance, for 12 hours, to his local hospital. Following medical investigations then and in the days after his return home, he received some good news. A CT scan confirmed he had not suffered a return of the Pulmonary Embolisms (which struck him down in 2011 and 2012) as had been feared. It did show that he has the residue of a serious chest infection which had worsened his usual breathlessness and had led to his exhaustion.
He is still awaiting news from his cardiologist as to the meaning of some readings following 3 ECG tests.
Commenting on the good news the Bishop said he would like to thank so many people for the considerable outpouring of love, care, concern, and constant prayers offered for him during this past week. He said he has been given the same advice he was given 5 years ago: try to avoid stress, be aware of not over exerting himself, take light exercise, watch his diet, avoid carrying heavy things, and carry on with his breathing exercises – as well as continuing on the high daily dose of the anticoagulation medication Warfarin that he is prescribed.