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

14:03 04 September 2014

MP Steve Barclay.

MP Steve Barclay.

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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

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