THE family of an Albion legend is demanding legislation that would allow people to hospitalize their loved ones.
Peter O’Sullivan collapsed at The Royal Sovereign pub in Shoreham at the end of June. He suffered a brain haemorrhage and was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
The ‘Welsh Wizard’ played for Albion between 1970 and 1981 and made more than 400 appearances as a staunch winger in the Third, Second and Premier Leagues on his rise in 1979.
His partner Kim Moss is now campaigning for legislation to allow a person’s next of kin to care for their loved one in hospital in a bid to “take some pressure off” the NHS.
The campaign, titled “Sully’s way or no way,” would allow people to help with daily care such as washing the patient.
She said: “I’m going to Parliament for this, Sully’s way or no way is helping the overwhelmed NHS. They are no longer overstretched, they are broken.
“I want people to be able to appoint a family member who gives them the authority to sit with their loved one day or night, which means there are no restrictions on visiting hours.
“This family member takes notes in their journal like I did, they make observations, they give them their basic care.
“They wash them, they feed them, they write in their diary whether there is progress or deterioration because they know their loved one better than any nurse.
“You will have a pass on a lanyard or armband that must be worn at all times. This is a win-win situation that frees up the doctors, nurses and counselors to do other things.
“The family member is under no obligation to provide the care, but I’m glad I did.”
Peter O’Sullivan was on life support before being released on July 5. Kim confirmed he had dementia following scans, but further tests were to take place to show how serious it was.
He was taken to Worthing Hospital on July 7, two days after being discharged from Brighton Hospital. This was a different problem than his brain hemorrhage.
The Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation said it understood the “vital role” carers play in supporting patients.
Maggie Davies, senior nurse at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Dementia is a complex disease and different patients have different needs.
“We recognize the crucial role that caregivers play, particularly for patients at risk of dementia.
“We have championed compassionate visitation at the height of the pandemic and have worked extensively with John’s Campaign and others to ensure we meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers.
“We always strive for the highest standards of care for each patient and continually review our dementia strategy to ensure caregivers have the right access and support while those they care for are in hospital.”
The Department for Health and Social Care and the UK Health Security Agency have been asked to comment on the legislation.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20283043.family-brighton-legend-peter-osullivan-campaign-legislation/?ref=rss Brighton legend Peter O’Sullivan’s family are campaigning for a law