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Mum Fights To Keep Local Support Service For Disabled Daughter


Published at 9:41am 30th May 2012. (Updated at 3:37pm 30th May 2012)

Families who use a service that helps disabled children in Dorchester will soon have to travel as far as Winchester for treatment.

The Digby Court respite centre that's run by NHS Dorset is closing its doors in September.

They provide a range of support services to children up to the age of 18 who're affected by physical and mental disabilities.

Tammy Davies from Weymouth says her 7-year-old daughter Georgina, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, will be severely affected when the centre closes its doors.

Mum Tammy has been speaking with Wessex FM's Luke de Costa - click the player below to listen.


Tammy has now launched a petition around Dorchester, Portland and Wyke Regis in an attempt to save Digby Court from shutting. She says the range of services and staffs there are invaluable.


A spokesman for NHS Dorset has told Wessex FM; " Parents have been consulted with on an individual basis during the lead up  to services stopping at Digby Court to ensure their requirements are met. There will be no break in care.

The new services will be provided in a variety of locations across the county. This may mean that some families have less distance to travel, however for those families who do see an increase in their travel time during the interim period, assistance will be available. As services are confirmed for local families, transport needs will be assessed. We would like to reassure families that although care will be provided at a different location, care standards will be of the highest quality".

Tammy is hosting an open meeting at the Junction on the 8th June 2012 from 7pm. Families and anyone who wants to support her campaign can go along and have their say.

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