Husband’s dismay over terminally ill wife’s care

Jane Turner has terminal cancer, pictured at home in Appley Bridge, with her daughters, Lucy,21, left, and Emma, 24, centre
Jane Turner has terminal cancer, pictured at home in Appley Bridge, with her daughters, Lucy,21, left, and Emma, 24, centre

A MAN who is coming to terms with his wife dying has hit out at Wigan’s health services after confusion over her home care.

Ever since Jane Turner – who has terminal cancer – returned to her home from Queenscourt Hospice in Southport, on January 30, her family has been experiencing problems over who was delivering her care package.

As the 46-year-old mother-of-two lives in Appley Bridge, on the border of Wigan and West Lancashire, her hospice care was under the latter, but her GP surgery in Shevington falls within Wigan CCG’s jurisdiction.

The family was informed that Wigan CCG needed to organise nursing cover, but Jane’s husband, Brian, said it took six days for the CCG to put that in place, saying the service was being put to tender. Instead, he claimed they relied on the intervention of Queenscourt, which asked district nurses from Sandy Lane surgery, in West Lancashire, to provide care.

He said: “Jane has been really ill. Her cancer has spread to her lungs, liver and brain and we brought her home to die with dignity. But we have had nothing from Wigan CCG, other than them saying the package was out to tender. So luckily Queenscourt arranged for help from district nurses from Sandy Lane Surgery, in Skelmersdale, who have been providing wash and care facilities and administered morphine. I feel Wigan CCG has failed my wife. We should not be having to sort this out and have this confusion. We should be focusing on making Jane comfortable and making the most of our time.”

But a spokesperson for NHS Wigan Borough CCG said it had arranged for care the day she arrived home, using a provider from West Lancashire.

He said: “WBCCG commissions care from the most appropriate provider. This includes District Nursing Teams (DNT) which could in Wigan or just outside the boundaries. This includes Sandy Lane in Skelmersdale. Since Friday the CCG has ensured that a DNT has been providing care regularly throughout the day.”