Severely disabled man ‘dumped’ in hospital after 24/7 nursing care canceled


The family of a severely disabled man who needs 24/7 nursing care have slammed a care company which canceled its support scheme with just three days’ notice.

Andrew Barras was ‘dumped’ at the A&E department of the Royal Alexandra Hospital by ScotNursing workers last Monday, his brother has claimed.

The 34-year-old, who suffered brain damage following a reaction to a vaccine as a baby, has been receiving 24-hour care at home for 10 years, which is provided by West Dunbartonshire Health and Social, funded by the council. Care partnership.

Relatives said they were told on Friday April 1 that agency nurses would stop visiting from 8 p.m. the following Monday due to a shortage of qualified staff, the Daily Record reports.

Andrew Barras suffered a severe brain injury as a child

Despite his family’s attempt to find a suitable alternative care package over the weekend, they were unable to get short-term help and Andrew was taken to hospital in Paisley on April 4, where he remains in the high dependency unit.

Brother Simon, 33, said: ‘For a company claiming to be a leading nursing agency to turn around and say they cannot provide care to an extremely vulnerable person days later is just awful.

“Our mum received notification from ScotNursing on Friday afternoon that from 8pm the following Monday they were no longer going to be able to provide care for her.

“They say they don’t have enough staff or qualified personnel to provide the care. We would say that any reputable company should plan four weeks in advance.

“So they should have known that a long time ago and given us enough time to find a suitable replacement.

“We contacted the relevant council people, Andrew’s community nurse and social worker, but we had no joy with them.

“Then on Monday ScotNursing took my brother Andrew to A&E at the RAH and basically left him there to basically become the hospital’s problem to deal with.

“They have a contingency in his care plan which, in the rare case of an emergency, they can do.

“But it’s supposed to be a planned admission and only on a temporary basis – not that they can just withdraw care with just a few days’ notice. Instead, they just dumped it.

Simon with his 34 year old brother Andrew
Simon with his 34 year old brother Andrew

“They have now said Andrew will have support with them for another two weeks, but they cannot cover 24 hours of that care.

“They will cover sporadically and sometimes it will be a carer instead of a nurse who will come, but Andrew needs round-the-clock care for a reason. ”

Simon explained that due to his brother’s brain injury, he is unable to walk, talk or care for himself and is dependent on an oxygen breathing tube.

They now fear their loved one will be placed in a care home and fear he will die within weeks of admission.

Simon said: “He has extremely complex health needs and we honestly believe he will die within weeks of entering a house – through no fault of the house.

“They just wouldn’t have the ability or the medical knowledge to deal with him.

“The social worker said they would consider exploring other nursing agencies, but they already mention a nursing home which for me shouldn’t even have come into the conversation at this point.

“They have already mentioned the name of a specific house they want to visit for Andrew, which is a local house that has a very bad reputation.

“We just want someone to do the right thing and get Andrew back to where he was before in terms of care.

“He was cared for at home for about 10 years and in the past ScotNursing generally provided him with a very good standard of care. But now we feel like they let it down.

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Andrew, in a wheelchair, was severely disabled by the DPT (diphtheria, pertussis/pertussis and tetanus) vaccine as a child.

He has developed epilepsy and also suffers from spinal scoliosis, which means he has to be repositioned regularly in bed.

A spokesperson for ScotNursing & Medical Services said: “Although we have made the difficult decision of our intention to withdraw from this package, we must emphasize that we have provided continued support in the transition with nurses and caregivers .

“Our team of registered nurses, trained and experienced in the specialist care of this patient, continue to support this transition and will do so for as long as necessary.”

Beth Culshaw, chief executive of West Dunbartonshire HSCP, added: “We are working closely with Mr Barras’ family, the Royal Alexandra Hospital and potential providers, assessing all options in order to provide the best nursing and social care in a safe and appropriate environment. .”


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