Woman spent 18 months in hospital because family was ‘impossible to work with’

Kate Fearnley, executive director at the Mental Welfare Commission
Caption: Kate Fearnley, government director on the Mental Welfare Commission
Provider: Mental Welfare Commission

A girl spent 18 months in hospital after being deemed match to go away due to a disagreement between her family and a healthcare partnership, in accordance to a report.

The affected person – who has studying disabilities, cerebral palsy, diabetes and is registered blind – was admitted for remedy to a neck fracture in December 2015.

She had lived in the family house all her life – cared for by her mom and brother – with further social care help paid for by each the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) and the family.

The affected person – often called Ms ST and in her late fifties when admitted – was judged match to go away the Scottish hospital in March 2016.

But her discharge was delayed when a row broke out between her family, well being professionals and the HSCP.

The HSCP believed Ms ST ought to transfer to a care house, however her family members wished her to return house.



They had purchased a ground-floor tailored flat in March 2016 particularly to make life simpler as soon as she did so.

The partnership was stated to have deemed the family ‘impossible to work with’, which led to the HSPC ‘becoming unwilling to take on board other perspectives’.

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She was discharged to her house in September 2017 and lives there ‘successfully with her mother’.

The Mental Welfare Commission launched an investigation into the incident and located that her human rights have been impacted due to the extended keep.

It claimed a ‘genuinely open and collaborative planning process’ might have stopped the necessity for her lengthened time in hospital.

Kate Fearnley, government director on the Mental Welfare Commission, stated: ‘It is our view that discharge might have taken place inside a couple of weeks, somewhat than after nearly 18 months of delay.

‘This delay brought on pointless misery to Ms ST and her family, and meant that Ms ST was dwelling in a single room on a busy common orthopaedic medical ward somewhat than at house.

‘HSCP have been designed to create nearer partnerships between well being, social care and hospital-based providers.



‘But in this case that was not working – there appeared to be no mechanism between these providers to tackle and progress elementary variations {of professional} opinion, which resulted in a protracted sequence of delays.

‘HSCP additionally seem to have concluded that the family have been unattainable to work with.

‘This perspective led to the partnership changing into unwilling to tackle board different views, which we really feel doesn’t mirror the partnership method that characterises good social care.

‘Ms ST had a family who have been keen and ready to have their liked one dwelling again at house, with help, but had to struggle their trigger over many months.

‘We ask all HSCP and native authorities in Scotland to learn this report and our suggestions, and to act on these suggestions.

‘There are specific additional recommendations for the partnership involved in this case which we expect to be followed.’



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