‘I want home – time is not on my side’

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

A TER­MI­NALLY-ill woman is des­per­ate to be al­lowed to re­turn home af­ter be­ing forced to stay in hospi­tal for more than a year.

Anne Gourlay, 57, was di­ag­nosed with sep­sis and chronic lym­phatic leukaemia six years ago and, af­ter be­ing cared for by an agency at her home in New­port for a while, was ad­mit­ted to Ninewells Hospi­tal in April last year.

Ms Gourlay was then dealt an­other blow when her nurs­ing agency pack­age was axed, pre­vent­ing her from re­turn­ing home.

She was moved to Cu­par’s Adam­son Hospi­tal in Jan­uary.

There, she was told the max­i­mum level of care she could re­ceive from the ex­ist­ing care team would be 15 hours per week and that the short­fall could be made up by an­other agency.

How­ever, due to re­cruit­ment is­sues it has so far failed to find any­one to help – mak­ing liv­ing at home im­pos­si­ble. Ms Gourlay, a law grad­u­ate, said: “I have been in hospi­tal for over a year and am des­per­ate to get home. Time is not on my side, so ev­ery day is a gift.”

Julie Pater­son, Fife health and so­cial care part­ner­ship divi­sional man­ager, said: “Ev­ery ef­fort is be­ing made to sup­port Ms Gourlay, re­spect­ing her in­di­vid­ual choices re­gard­ing op­tions avail­able while also tak­ing into ac­count her com­plex needs.”

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