13th Aug, 2020

Redditch mum's wait for a bigger house for dialysis at home

A REDDITCH mum who receives dialysis three times a week and is in need of a kidney and pancreas transplant has been waiting for a suitable council house since ‘July last year’.

Claire Greenfield, who has lived at her house in Winyates East for five years, said she contacted Redditch Borough Council last year as she needs more space to accommodate a dialysis machine, medical equipment and storage.

The 37-year-old has since been given medical priority for a new property but despite this she has been told she will have to wait as none are available.

The mum-of-two said: “I am currently on dialysis three times a week but was hoping to be able to have this treatment done at home.

“I do not have the room in my current premises as it requires a lot of space to be able to do this.

“It was July last year when I first contacted Redditch Borough Council but they wanted to push me into getting my private rented property adapted.

“I have been told I will be waiting a long time for myself and my family to be housed by the council but this is no good to me as I cannot be assessed until I have the property big enough for this.

“I know there is a housing shortage in Redditch but I feel my needs are not really being looked at and all avenues are not being taken into consideration.

“Why can’t the council build houses we strongly need in Redditch.”

A council spokesperson confirmed Mrs Greenfield was given medical priority on December 22 last year to move her to a more suitable house to meet her needs.

“However, due to the very specific requirements given by the occupational therapist and a lack of council accommodation it is difficult to advise when a suitable property will become available,” she added.

“There have been a number of three bedroom houses advertised recently on the council’s choice based lettings scheme however none are suitable to have the adaptations carried out to meet the requirements of Mrs Greenfield’s housing needs.

“We have been liaising with Mrs Greenfield over the last few weeks to keep her updated on the situation and are doing our utmost to identify a property that is already adapted or can be adapted for her needs.”

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