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