Bryan McConochie has spent 10 months living at the hospital because a carer can’t be found to look after him in his own home.
Bryan McConochie has spent 10 months living at the hospital because a carer can’t be found to look after him in his own home.

Man in hospital for 10 months

LIFE in Ward 3 is far from homely.

Bryan McConochie has seen dozens of people come and go from the ward he has called home for the past 10 months.

“I share a six-bed ward with other men – most are over 80,” he said.

“Last week there were five deaths.”

Mr McConochie has a four-bedroom house at Hervey Bay which is fully equipped to cater for his disability caused by multiple sclerosis.

He lived there happily until last year but was forced to move to Maryborough Hospital after experiencing problems with carer funding.

Nearly a year later he is still there – and he's had enough.

“I don't know where to go from here,” he said.

“Disability Services have said they are trying to find an agency to care for me at home.

“If they can't find anyone I might end up in a nursing home, which is no place for a young person.”

Mr McConochie is 47 and has two teenage daughters.

He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis on his 30th birthday and has been confined to a wheelchair for the past five years.

His condition has deteriorated to such an extent he needs 24-hour care.

His legs and right arm don't work, but he was determined enough to make it to the bus-stop at the front of Maryborough Hospital so he could tell his story.

Life in the hospital is not comfortable.

He has no phone, few visitors and each day is monotonously similar.

“I'm bathed, they put me in a chair for a couple of hours, then they send me back to bed again,” he said.

“Because I'm in bed so often I'm losing all the strength I did have. The staff have been really good to me but it's so wrong that I'm stuck here in hospital.”

A Department of Communities spokesperson said the department was working actively with Mr McConochie to ensure he was moved from hospital to living in the community.



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