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Clamour Grows To Bring Autistic Woman Claire Dyer Home

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There have been several cases where owing to cuts in mental care provision, specifically closing down residential homes, people are being treated 200 miles or more away and successful campaigns have brought them back to more local places.

However in this instance it says that she's there for assessment at a specialist centre rather than a permanent stay so why the big campaign to get her home now when that will probably happen in a month or so anyway?

Mrs Dyer said she didn't want to criticise the hospital's visiting policy, but claimed the family had not been informed how long Claire would be there or what would happen next.

Well they wouldn't as she's being assessed.

I am not being contrarian and do not have blind faith in mental health professionals knowing best but this seems an unsuitable case for such a campaign when she could well be back living at home in a month anyway.

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I think there are fears that she will not be coming home.

Fair enough, I was going on the face of it what was written there. In unit in Swansea, transferred for assessment (so temporary) to a unit in Brighton.

Long drive, v hard on family and the girl but if it's a temporary thing then it won't continue indefinitely. If she is however permanently placed there then the campaign to bring her closer to her family would have a good chance of success.

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I suspect this has made the news due to last weekends Eurocrash with the Proton beam therapy.

However, this is entirely different.

It seems this girl needs treatment and is referred to the centre of excellence...the family dont like the 200 mile trip.

I dont like the 50 mile trip for my nuerosurgeon and his team to treat me. But I could say no and suffer for the rest of my life.

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I suspect this has made the news due to last weekends Eurocrash with the Proton beam therapy.

However, this is entirely different.

It seems this girl needs treatment and is referred to the centre of excellence...the family dont like the 200 mile trip.

I dont like the 50 mile trip for my nuerosurgeon and his team to treat me. But I could say no and suffer for the rest of my life.

What you should do is start a campaign in the local press to have your neuro-surgeon and his team move into the house next door to you and convert it into a treatment room.

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What you should do is start a campaign in the local press to have your neuro-surgeon and his team move into the house next door to you and convert it into a treatment room.

Just to add, I read the parents reason for the petition. The girl has been sectioned.

Whilst a family member was in care for suicide attempts a couple of years ago, there were numerous fights and other incidents that occured in the short time she was there. Indeed, TWO people managed to get out and kill themselves.

Sadly, all the blame in the press was on the Unit for NOT sectioning the people. It is quite a process to get a section, and the reason people are in these places is because they cannot receive the help the need from their families.

In our case, all though we could give all the love and shelter needed, we couldnt stop the relative attempting suicide 24/7.

Ours wasnt sectioned, but there are clearly some that need to be.

In the local unit, 90% of the staff were genuinely concerned and helpful in a very difficult place. the unit was locked down, but unless there was a Section Order, all they could do to stop people leaving who really shouldnt, make sure the "airlock" was closed from the outside, and strenuous persuasion was used as the person insisted on leaving.

Thankfully, our relative recovered, thanks to the unit being able to stop the suicide attempts as they occured.

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