Mark and I have just got back from the hospital. We arrived on the ward just before 10.30 and it took over five hours for us to see Dad's doctor. However the news is generally good. They have drained over two litres of fluid from his chest, and were still draining as we left. He has had a sdecond chest xray, basically to find out whether his right lung is returning to normal. There is no indication as yet as to what has caused the pleural effusion, but test results will be back in a few days.
Although he was quite confused and upset when we arrived, by the time we left - especially after a visit from the vicar - he was feeling somewhat better. He will probably be transferred to Bideford Hospital sometime next week.
Thank you again for your good wishes, prayers and support