Funding found so Claire can go home

Claire Thomson
Claire Thomson

Fife Council to pay for indepenent care provision

Under fire Fife Council home care bosses have been forced into releasing funding for a Glenrothes MS sufferer after her story was reported in last week’s Gazette.

Last week's Gazette

Last week's Gazette

Claire Thomson, who is blind and disabled suffered appalling pressure sores, the largest in which a man’s fist would fit, after being left to sit on a shower chair for three hours at a time.

Following an official complaint from the Thomson family, Fife Council Home care managers have denied that the authority’s care was responsible for the injuries.

The 39-year-old spent three months in Victoria Hospital after she was admitted in agony having contracted septicaemia.

In September last year she was then transferred to an over-65 dementia ward at Cameron Hospital to continue rehabilitation – she was told it was the only bed available – where she remains.

But finally last week, despite repeated requests to return home being refused, Claire was informed via a voice-mail on her mobile phone that she will now be released home on Monday, February 17.

Claire said she now hopes her nightmare is coming to an end.

“I’m pleased and very relieved, especially after being refused on three previous occasions, I shouldn’t have been put here in the first place,” she said.

“I’ve not been home since July and am looking forward to finally seeing my 20-year-old cat Leo, who I’ve missed so much,” she added.

Claire’s sister Karen added: “It has been a terrible ordeal. We still want answers, but it is some good news at last.”

Relief as Claire is finally given date after six months

After being told her requests to go home where being refused, allegedly due to lack of funding, Claire Thomson will finally be allowed home on Monday.

Independent home care specialists - Cornerstone Ltd - have been given the contract to administer home care provision for the 39-year-old who has MS.

Claire will now receive the maximum daily care involving five visits per day as she finally gets used to being in her own home for the first time since July, 2013.

“Claire should never have been made to suffer in the way she has or be subjected to having to stay in an over-65 dementia ward, we are considering our options as we want answers as to what went wrong,” Claire’s sister Karen said.