Hospital bosses have defended their decision to EVICT a frail 82-year-old patient from her long-stay bed.
Retired sheltered housing scheme warden Joan Parker has been handed a seven-day notice to quit the Trust premises by Friday.
Written on NHS headed paper, complete with the hospital’s ‘We Care’ logo at the bottom, it is believed to be the first time any eviction action has been taken against a patient.
Now Joan’s shocked family are campaigning through Facebook and Twitter for a stay of execution while they continue their search for suitable accommodation.
The OAP was admitted to Milton Keynes Hospital in February after suffering a brain injury in a fall at her Two Mile Ash home.
Doctors say she has been medically fit enough to leave hospital for the past six months. But the family, backed by occupational therapists, say she cannot return to her two-storey house and can only be discharged to sheltered accommodation.
Her son David Parker said: “We have been desperately appealing to the council for months to find my mum somewhere to live. We’ve been searching ourselves and we’re on the waiting list for housing associations.”
The council has offered three properties – a flat in Netherfield, a bedsit in Newport Pagnell and sheltered bedsit in Woburn Sands. The family say none was suitable.
Said David, whose own split level house is unsuitable: “We are not being fussy. All we want is a little flat in a sheltered house scheme where mum can feel safe. “Ironically my mum worked as a sheltered housing warden herself for years, at a scheme in Jonathans, Coffee Hall. She loved it there.”
At an average cost of £255 a day, Joan’s mammoth hospital stay has cost more than £45,000.
A council spokesman said: “We know Mrs Parker has been through a difficult time. We remain absolutely committed to ensuring that she has a new home to go to. She will have a further selection of sheltered housing to choose from.”