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Rowena faces sixth week in King’s Lynn hospital

George Beeton at his home in Hunstanton ANL-160229-081854009
George Beeton at his home in Hunstanton ANL-160229-081854009

No end appears in sight for the woman who has been stuck in hospital for five weeks as social services have still not sorted out her ongoing care.

Rowena Beeton, 37, who has a mental age of 10 after being born with a chromosome disorder, is becoming increasingly distressed at having to remain in Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Her father George Beeton, 76, of Hunstanton, slammed social workers in our Tuesday edition and has now been told that a place has been found for Rowena in a care home - but still does not have a moving date.

North Tynside Council is responsible for Rowena, who had previously been in adult fostering in Lynn for two years. Mr Beeton had been her carer up until six years ago when he felt his age was a barrier.

Mr Beeton said: “They have now decided that she can go to Red Thorn House near Wisbech.

“But they are still not moving with the funding and paper work. It is laughable.

“You just seem to lose heart in everything. They ring you up and say the case is moving forward and then it comes to a dead stop again.”

Rowena was admitted into the Gayton Road hospital’s critical care unit days after Christmas with a severe chest infection and diabetes problems.

She spent 15 days in critical care but has made a full recovery.

Mr Beeton said the council has not carried out a future care needs assessment since she was in critical care. He says her needs have changed and that she is not happy in hospital.

Mr Beeton said: “It caves me in as I have to tell her that she has got to stay in hospital.

“The nurses have been brilliant with her. I can’t fault the hospital.”

A spokesman for North Tyneside Council would not comment directly on Rowena’s case.

She said: “We are currently in discussions with colleagues at Norfolk County Council, however we wouldn’t comment further on particular cases without consent from either the individual or their authorised representative.

“However, in general terms, it is important that when discharging an individual from hospital that we ensure all necessary arrangements are in place so that the discharge is done safely and in the best interests of the person involved.

“It is also important to note that in a case-by-case basis, arrangements depend on the capacity of the individual and it is our responsibility to act on their behalf.”

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