Bob Hawke has been discharged from hospital.
Bob Hawke has been discharged from hospital.

Bob Hawke discharged from hospital after fall

FORMER Australian prime minister Bob Hawke has been discharged from hospital after he reportedly had a fall and hit his head.

The former Labor leader was admitted to Royal North Shore Hospital late on Monday for minor tests.

A hospital spokesman confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Mr Hawke was no longer a patient at the hospital.

Bob Hawke's wife Blanche d'Alpuget leaves Royal North Shore Hospital after visiting earlier today. Picture: John Grainger
Bob Hawke's wife Blanche d'Alpuget leaves Royal North Shore Hospital after visiting earlier today. Picture: John Grainger

Mr Hawke's daughter Sue Pieters-Hawke told the Seven Network on Wednesday her 88-year-old father went by ambulance to hospital for tests, but was "fine" after having a fall.

The tests were a precaution for possible head injury, but he was given the all clear, she said.

"He's fine - no brain damage, no bleeds, no stroke, no nothing. Just a break and we're arguing about whether the break is for him or Blanche (his wife)," Ms Pieters-Hawke said.

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke skoles a beer during the 2nd day of the Sydney Test in January.
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke skoles a beer during the 2nd day of the Sydney Test in January.

 

Labor MP Chris Bowen on Tuesday said Mr Hawke's medical issue was being referred to as a case of "the wobbles".

Earlier this week the Daily Telegraph reported that Mr Hawke was "fine and anxious to get home and back to his cigar and crosswords".

Mr Hawke served as Australia's 23rd prime minister from 1983-1991 and led Labor to four consecutive election victories.

His place in the Labor pantheon was formally acknowledged in 2009 when he became only the third person to be awarded national life membership of the party.



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