Australia

Former PM Bob Hawke discharged from Hospital after Attack of ’Wobbles’

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 Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital, in St Leonards, late on Monday for minor tests.

A hospital spokesman confirmed to AAP 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 her husband. Picture: John Grainger

Mr Hawke’s daughter Sue Pieters-Hawke told the Seven Network 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’s most recent public engagement was to watch Kim Beasley (not pictured) be sworn into office as the new governor of Western Australia at Government House in Perth on, May 1. Picture: AAP Image/Tony McDonough

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

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

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