Dame Barbara Windsor moves into full time care

Dam Barbara Windsor

Dame Barbara Windsor has moved to full-time residential care after her Alzheimer’s worsened during lockdown.

The 82-year-old former EastEnders and Carry On film star has gone to a home in London.

Scott Mitchell, her husband, said the decision had been taken on the advice of her neurologist.

Mr Mitchell told The Sun:

“I feel I’m on an emotional rollercoaster.

“I walk around, trying to keep busy, then burst into tears.

“It feels like a bereavement.

“It’s always been my biggest fear that one day I would have to take her somewhere and she’d be thinking: ‘Why would he do this to me?’

“That fear has become a reality.

“It’s something I never wanted.”

Mr Mitchell said about leaving his wife at the centre:

“I’ll never forget the feeling of emptiness.

“I felt sick in the pit of my stomach that I’d left her.

“I still feel like that.”


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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