Wisbech woman, 72, fears she may have to travel more than two hours to visit husband due to lack of Fenland dementia beds

PUBLISHED: 14:03 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:03 04 September 2014

MP Steve Barclay.

MP Steve Barclay.

Archant

A 72 year old woman faces a more than two-hour trek to visit her husband if plans to move him to a Bretton care home go ahead.

Pauline Frusher, of Westfield Road, Wisbech, catches a bus five times a week to visit husband Neville, 75, who suffers from dementia and needs specialist care, at Peterborough City Hospital.

A new home needs to be found for him but, due to a lack of dementia care beds in Fenland, he may be forced to live in a care home in Bretton.

She said: “I tried it to see how I would manage and it took me over two hours to get there. I needed to catch two buses and I had a long walk the other end.

“I really want him out of the hospital, he doesn’t need to be there, but there is nowhere suitable for him to go.

“Moving him to Bretton is just going to make life so difficult. I would love to have him in a home in Wisbech, but there are no beds available and when they do come up they are taken very quickly,”

MP Steve Barclay, who has launched a Treat Me Local health campaign, is calling for answers over the provision of dementia care beds in Fenland.

He said: “We need to know how many beds there are, and whether they are enough to meet demand in this area.

“It is unacceptable that someone has to endure a two hour journey in each direction to visit their husband.

“If there are issues with provision or funding of this service then it needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency,”

To find out more about the Treat Me Local campaign go to www.treatmelocal.net

More news stories

Saturday, July 22, 2017

One of Cambridgeshire’s most influential business leaders –chamber of commerce chief executive John Bridge – claims that re-opening of the Wisbech to March rail link is a lame duck.

Yesterday, 14:00

Wisbech’s annual Horsefair Shopping Centre summer fun day will take place on Thursday July 27 from 10am to 2pm.

Yesterday, 12:02

The principal and staff at a March school have been selected for top roles supporting schools in challenging circumstances and training new teachers.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Light Cinema, Wisbech, closed temporarily after what bosses say was a “small fire safety related issue”. It re-opens at 6pm tonight (Saturday)

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter