Insect bite March man backs MP Barclay’s Treat Me Local campaign after “ridiculous” hospital stay
14:32 24 July 2014
A man who was hospitalised by insect bites for eight days has given his backing to an MPs campaign to improve local health provision.
Trevor Warby, of March, suffered a severe reaction after being bitten four times on his leg by a mystery insect while mowing the lawn.
More than ten days after he was bitten Mr Warby’s leg was getting much worse and the infected area began to blister so he went to A&E, where he was prescribed intravenous antibiotics.
As the dose needed to be administered at regular intervals during the day Mr Warby was forced to stay in hospital.
Mr Warby believes he could have spent five fewer days in hospital if there had been facilities for him to receive antibiotics intravenously locally.
He said: “I asked if I could go home and have the IV treatment but as there was nowhere for me to have the treatment I had to stay in hospital.
“It seems ridiculous that I was taking up a hospital bed when I didn’t need to.
“I would have been happy to travel to Doddington Hospital three or four times a day to have the treatment I needed as it is only up the road.
“It would have meant the hospital had a bed they could use for someone who really needed it, and I would have been happier recovering at home.”
Mp Steve Barclay’s Treat Me Local health campaign has a ten-point wish-list of services he believes can and should be provided locally.
The administration of intravenous treatments locally is one of those services he would like to see introduced at places like Doddington and Wisbech hospitals.
He said: “This case is a prime example of why it is important more services are provided locally. People in our area have to endure unnecessary hospital stays and long travel times – which is why I have launched this campaign.”
Mr Barclay aims to bring the campaign before the House of Commons via a parliamentary petition. To find out more about hid campaign and to sign-up visit: www.treatmelocal.net<http://www.treatmelocal.net>