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

MP Steve Barclay.

MP Steve Barclay. - Credit: 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.


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“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.

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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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