Rowena Wallace, 73, ‘turfed out’ of a hospital after seeking help for breakdown

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Rowena Wallace, 73, ‘turfed out’ of a hospital after seeking help for breakdown

Sons and Daughters star Rowena Wallace, 73, is 'turfed out' of a hospital after seeking help for her 'mini breakdown'By D. Lawrance Fo

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Sons and Daughters star Rowena Wallace, 73, is ‘turfed out’ of a hospital after seeking help for her ‘mini breakdown’

Veteran actress Rowena Wallace claims she was recently denied help at a hospital.

The Sons and Daughters star, 73, who suffers from clinical depression, told 4BC Weekends she went to an unnamed medical facility for help after ‘a mini breakdown’ a few weeks ago.

But the ‘very busy’ hospital allegedly turned the Gold Logie winner away.

Ordeal: Veteran actress Rowena Wallace (pictured at the 2006 Logies in Melbourne) claims she was recently denied help at a hospital

Ordeal: Veteran actress Rowena Wallace (pictured at the 2006 Logies in Melbourne) claims she was recently denied help at a hospital

The star’s breakdown was precipitated by a prolonged loss of power to her home, combined with an inability to get hold of her necessary medication.

It was then that Wallace went to the hospital seeking help for her mental well-being.

When asked if hospital staff had ‘turfed you out’, the English-born Australian actress claimed they had.

‘They were very busy with people the hospital could do something about, but they couldn’t really do anything about me,’ she said.

‘Except send me home, which they did.’ 

Sent home: The Sons and Daughters star, 73, who suffers from clinical depression, told 4BC Weekends she went to an unnamed medical facility for help after 'a mini breakdown' a few weeks ago, but the 'very busy' hospital allegedly turned the Gold Logie winner away. Pictured (L-R) Sons and Daughters cast Ian Rawlings, Rowena Wallace, Brian Blain and Alexandra Fowler

Sent home: The Sons and Daughters star, 73, who suffers from clinical depression, told 4BC Weekends she went to an unnamed medical facility for help after ‘a mini breakdown’ a few weeks ago, but the ‘very busy’ hospital allegedly turned the Gold Logie winner away. Pictured (L-R) Sons and Daughters cast Ian Rawlings, Rowena Wallace, Brian Blain and Alexandra Fowler

Explaining what she did next, she said: ‘I was upset, but I didn’t say anything. I just thought, “Okay, that’s how it is. I’ll go home and I will do this myself.”‘

The Number 96 star then ‘sat down and I just went back through my life… right back to childhood’ as a form of self-therapy.

‘And I just thought about all the things that had happened to me that I could remember anyway, up to this point,’ she added. 

‘And I thought, “Okay, I’ve got this far. I can go on now.”‘ 

Factors: Her breakdown was precipitated by a prolonged loss of power to her home, combined with an inability to get hold of her necessary medication. Pictured in Sons and Daughters

Factors: Her breakdown was precipitated by a prolonged loss of power to her home, combined with an inability to get hold of her necessary medication. Pictured in Sons and Daughters

Rowena’s role as ‘Pat the Rat’ on Sons and Daughters earned her a Gold Logie in 1984 and four Silver Logies.

She has also appeared in both Home and Away and Neighbours.

The star of stage and screen has struggled financially in recent years, telling New Idea in May the power company was ‘threatening to turn the power off’ to her home.

‘The pension is ridiculous – you can’t pay for anything,’ she told the magazine.

Career: Rowena's role as 'Pat the Rat' on Sons and Daughters earned her a Gold Logie in 1984 and four Silver Logies. She has also starred in both Home and Away and Neighbours (pictured)

Career: Rowena’s role as ‘Pat the Rat’ on Sons and Daughters earned her a Gold Logie in 1984 and four Silver Logies. She has also starred in both Home and Away and Neighbours (pictured)

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