A DAUGHTER has spoken out over horrific injuries suffered by her elderly mother after a violent patient dragged from her hospital bed in the middle of the night.
Letty Ferguson, 93, suffered a broken upper arm and needed six weeks of treatment after the attack. She had been staying in the ward after becoming depressed and was also suffering vascular dementia.
Now her daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Trevor Hathaway, both 69, of Beam Close, Burton, who were the mayor and mayoress of East Staffordshire from 2005-06, have broken their silence in the hope of sparing other families the same ordeal.
They also want to highlight the lack of dedicated facilities in East Staffordshire to help people with mental health issues since Burton’s Margaret Stanhope centre, which offered inpatient psychiatric services, closed last year.
Mrs Hathaway told the Mail: “I just don’t want it to happen to anybody else. It has been so traumatic.
“I have been shocked because you can’t believe that this sort of thing could happen in this day and age.”
Mrs Fergusson, who volunteered at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital into her 90s and also worked as a teacher, had been living in Burton’s Chestnut Grange care facility after she became depressed during the summer, her daughter said.
After visits from mental health specialists and the crisis team, it was decided Mrs Ferguson needed inpatient care. After failed attempts to find provision in Tamworth, she was moved to the Baswich ward at St George’s Hospital, Stafford.
Mrs Hathaway said: “Since the closure of the Margaret Stanhope centre there’s no inpatient care in Burton.
“People need to know there’s nowhere within a 30-mile radius if they have a mental health problem.”
Mrs Hathaway also said there had been no apology from the hospital’s operator, the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Mrs Fergusson is now staying in a care home in Burton.
A spokesman for the trust said it had been in regular contact with the family since the attack, which it is was taking ‘very seriously’.
The spokesman said a serious incident review had been set up and the family would have the chance to raise any issues they wanted to be addressed.
Dr Neil Brimblecombe, director of nursing for the trust, said any recommendations from the report would be learned.