North West Wales

Brain injury soldier Oliver Robinson's homecoming delay

Oliver Robinson
Image caption Oliver Robinson and his family are learning sign language since he was injured

The mother of a soldier whose skull was rebuilt after serious head injuries has criticised Anglesey council for a delay in bringing him home from hospital.

Oliver Robinson, 26, has been in hospital or clinics since being hit by a car near his base in May 2010.

His mother planned a homecoming party for this weekend, but says the council did not arrange care for him, and her son remains in hospital.

Anglesey council said it was working to arrange a care package.

Queen's Dragoon Guardsman Oliver Robinson suffered a head injury when he was hit by a car near a base in Germany.

His skull was rebuilt by surgeons at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, using titanium plates.

His family have been learning sign language to communicate with him.

His mother, Mandy, said she and the family were told in January that her son was expected to be discharged from hospital and allowed home in August.

Around the clock

The nurse said Anglesey council was informed of the date, 26 August, and was supposed to help arrange a suitable care package.

However, the homecoming party has been postponed, and the family do not know when Mr Robinson will be discharged.

She said she had complained to social services.

Mrs Robinson said her son will require continuous care around the clock with support workers needed.

She said he had been distressed by the delay as he was "crossing the days off his calendar," looking forward to returning home.

Albert Owen, the Anglesey MP, confirmed the family had contacted him, adding: "I will help all I can."

He said, if necessary, he would "push for a full review from the council".

The family have met representatives from Anglesey council's social services department and are expecting a decision next week.

But Mrs Robinson said even after a suitable care package can be agreed, it may take some time before staff can be recruited and trained to look after her son who sustained brain injuries, adding further delays to his homecoming.

A spokesperson for Anglesey council and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said: "We continue to work with family carers to finalise a comprehensive care plan that meets Oliver's care needs.

"Indeed, staff from social services and health met the family as recently as this week to discuss arrangements for Oliver's ongoing care."

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