Brother slams bosses of Regnum Cottages for irresponsible attitudes

Peter Glanville with his brother Martin''''Picture by Louise Adams C13112-1 Chi Martin Care
Peter Glanville with his brother Martin''''Picture by Louise Adams C13112-1 Chi Martin Care

A BROTHER has expressed his upset after finding out his autistic sibling was not consulted over changes to his long-term care.

Martin Glanville, 62, has been a patient at Regnum Cottages since they opened and has been looked after by Graylingwell Hospital since 1969.

Health bosses have since confirmed the Chichester cottages will be closing in a letter to patients.

“It is so disappointing when an organisation doesn’t act responsibly,” said Peter Glanville, who travelled down from York after hearing the news.

“They should’ve told the patients before they announced it. I want them to keep their promise that they will keep us informed.”

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the cottages, said the 13 patients would be ‘better served’ by the local community.

Last week, the Observer reported Bryan Payne’s distress when he found out his wife, who has a schizophrenic disorder, will be moved to alternative accommodation. Bryan only found out after his friends showed him a report from the Observer.

Peter Glanville said Martin was told the news by his chiropodist.

“It is a lot of upheaval to face. Autistic people rely on routine. Bryan was right, it is a home from home.”

Martin said he enjoys the activities in Chichester and enjoys painting at Pallant House.

A spokesperson for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “Our commissioners in the NHS feel these people would be better served in the community, away from an inpatient setting – this is best practice.

“We are starting to work with the patients, their families, care coordinators and advocates to find them suitable alternative long-term accommodation, which is able to support each individual’s needs.

“From experience we believe we can find people new homes in the local area.

“We are developing future options with the patients and with our staff who do a great job.”

Proposals for the closure of the cottages were made public in the agenda for West Sussex health and adult social care select committee meeting on Wednesday, June 26.