Hampshire & Isle of Wight

NHS 'failing to look after brain-damaged violent son'

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Media captionIan Trenchard from Petersfield has occasional psychotic attacks

A Hampshire woman says police are having to restrain her brain-damaged son because he is not being properly looked after by the health service.

Ian Trenchard, 42, of Petersfield, is prone to sudden psychotic attacks after he had an epileptic fit four years ago.

Four times in the past six months Pam Trenchard has had to call police.

She says he needs specialist unit care but Hampshire Primary Care Trust is refusing to fund it. The trust says it does not comment on individual cases.

The epileptic fit Ian suffered starved his brain of oxygen and left him with permanent brain damage.

Smashed up home

Although he is mostly a calm but is prone to sudden bursts of violence, and has even smashed up his mother's home.

She is unable to restrain him so police are called, they take him away, but are forced to release him when they realise he has a brain injury.

Image caption Mr Trenchard needs supervision most of the time since he was brain damaged four years ago

Mrs Trenchard feels that during crisis moments he should go to a specialist unit - not a police cell - and she wants him to undergo an assessment for a unit in Salisbury.

She said: "I don't know what to do. To see his legs bound and to see him handcuffed, that's not a life either.

"All he needs is a place of safety until he is well enough - and to give me a couple of nights sleep."

Hampshire Primary Care Trust would not comment on Ian's case, but said: "We work with patients, and their families, to ensure that the care packages in place allow them to maintain as much independence as possible whilst providing safe and effective care."

Peter McCabe, from the charity Headway which helps people with brain injuries, said: "We come across cases like this on a regular basis. It's shocking, but it's too common.

"It seems to me that the health service is letting this family down, because they need to actually step in and do something.

"Her complaint is not about the police, it's about providing care.

"There are centres available but they are expensive, and I suspect that this may be what's going on in this case. People are arguing about budgets when they need to be helping the family."

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