A man hospitalised for more than a week following bites from a mystery insect has become the latest to add his voice to a health campaign.
Trevor Warby, from March, suffered an allergic reaction to the bites and had to stay in hospital for eight days to be treated with intravenous antibiotics.
But Mr Warby and his wife Ann felt taking up a hospital bed was “unnecessary” and could have been avoided if there were facilities to have intravenous treatment locally.
Now the couple are backing the Treat Me Local health campaign launched by local MP Steve Barclay in June, aiming to get more patients treated in the community.
Mr Warby believes he was bitten by a horse fly when cutting his lawn.
The four bites became infected and he was prescribed antibiotics – but ten days after he was bitten they became much worse and started to blister.
One blister was about half the size of a hen’s egg and Mrs Warby decided enough was enough and took her husband to A&E.
He was prescribed intravenous (IV) antibiotics – which required a stay in hospital as the dose needed to be administered at regular intervals.
He said: “I asked if I could go home and have the IV treatment but as there was nowhere for me to have the treatment I had to stay in hospital.
“It seems ridiculous I was taking up a hospital bed when I didn’t need to.”
Mr Barclay’s campaign has a ten-point wish-list of services he believes can and should be provided locally.
The administration of intravenous treatments locally is one of those services he would like to see introduced at places like Doddington and Wisbech hospitals.
“This case is a prime example of why it is important more services are provided locally.
“People in our area have to endure unnecessary hospital stays and long travel times – which is why I have launched this campaign,” said Mr Barclay, who aims to bring the campaign before the House of Commons via a parliamentary petition.
To find out more about the campaign and to sign-up visit: www.treatmelocal.net