King’s Lynn hospital is not the right place for Rowena

A Hunstanton pensioner could be launching a protest in a bid to get his daughter out of hospital and into a care home.

Angry George Beeton, 76, says his daughter Rowena has been blocking a bed in Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for five weeks as social workers have not sorted out a suitable place in a care home.

Rowena, 37, has the mental age of 10 due to a chromosome disorder and is becoming increasingly distressed at remaining in hospital.

Mr Beeton said: “It is really disgusting. She is getting stressed.

“The hospital is not the right place for her. Looks to me as if social services are quite happy as they are saving a lot of money.

“It is also disgusting that she is blocking a bed.”

She spent 15 days in the hospital’s critical care unit just after Christmas due to a severe chest infection and diabetic problem but has not been discharged.

North Tynside Council is responsible for Rowena, who had previously been in adult fostering in Lynn for two years. Mr Beeton had been her carer up until six years ago when he felt his age was a barrier.

Mr Beeton, who wants his daughter transferred to Norfolk County Council, says the council has not carried out a future care needs assessment since Rowena was in critical care. He said her needs would have changed as she has made a full recovery.

He said: “Social services and myself decided that a care home would be a better proposition for her, but every time a care home is mentioned we are then told that it has been turned down because it is too expensive.

“We didn’t know if she was going to make a full recovery and they were looking at 24 hour care.

“But now she is back to her normal self.

“I am considering protesting outside the hospital. Someone has got to do something.”

A spokesman for North Tyneside Council would not comment directly on Rowena’s case.

She said: “We are currently in discussions with colleagues at Norfolk County Council, however we wouldn’t comment further on particular cases without consent from either the individual or their authorised representative.

“However, in general terms, it is important that when discharging an individual from hospital that we ensure all necessary arrangements are in place so that the discharge is done safely and in the best interests of the person involved.

“It is also important to note that in a case-by-case basis, arrangements depend on the capacity of the individual and it is our responsibility to act on their behalf.

“We always try to ensure this is carried out quickly, while not jeopardising the health and care of the person, and that the individual’s family are kept informed where this is appropriate.”

Hospital chief executive Dorothy Hosein said: “Many of our patients have complex needs which mean a range of provision must be put in place before they can be discharged.

“It can take some time for social services and the Clinical Commissioning Groups to finalise this provision and so some patients end up remaining in hospital for varying amounts of time despite their being declared medically fit.

“Clearly this is not the experience we would want for our patients and it also places a significant strain on the hospital’s resources and finances.

“The hospital recently commissioned a piece of diagnostic work to look into what causes delayed discharges, their impact on flow through the hospital and the capacity required to reduce them. Using this we are working closely with our partners in order to speed up the discharge process for those with complex medical needs.”