Fears over closure of three mental health wards at Royal Bolton Hospital

The Bolton News: Cllr Andy Morgan Cllr Andy Morgan

ENOUGH beds must be made available for mental health patients before three wards at the Royal Bolton Hospital are closed, according to councillors.

Representatives from Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Trust appeared in front of Bolton’s health scrutiny committee to discuss plans to remove 50 beds in October.

Patients will be looked after in their own homes — with a 24/7 on call service and three visits by clinicians a day — or they will be taken to Woodlands Hospital in Little Hulton.

The changes will save £2.1 million, but health chiefs have committed to invest £1.15 million into community services — including £307,000 in the home-based treatment team.

Another £5.86 million will be spent rebuilding the Woodlands site. Gill Green, director of nursing and operations for the trust, added: “Even by reducing these 50 beds, Royal Bolton Hospital will still have the national average of mental health hospital beds for adults and older people.

“This will allow us to use some of these resources to provide care that will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the most appropriate setting, which for many people will be at home or in the community rather than in hospital.”

Cllr Andy Morgan said: “I support the aspiration for more integrated community bed services, provided the 24 hours provision is in place.

“I’d also like to know that all the community bed services will be up and running before services are decommissioned.”

Up to 80 staff will be affected by the changes, but health bosses said “did not expect a need for compulsory redundancies”.

Under the review Oak Ward, an adult acute mental health ward, and Linden Ward, for older people with mental health ward would close in October 2014.

A second older people’s section, Hazelwood Ward, would close in either 2014 or 2015.

Cllr Martin Donaghey expressed concern about the impact on clinical staff.

He said: “This scrutiny committee would be deeply concerned about any compulsory redundancies — that is the last thing that we would want to hear.”

A consultation on the proposals will run until March. For information go to gmw.nhs.uk

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12:12pm Thu 16 Jan 14

You Have To Be Kidding says...

For people who want to help or have questions about what is happening in Bolton with Mental Health Services, visit the Greater Manchester West Foundation Website, and view under ‘NEWS’ the ‘HOME Consultation Document’ which details what is happening and allows people to put forward their views. The consultation period is open until the 30th March 2014.

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Lets’ clarify...

At Bolton, we currently have the following wards:

Linden Ward (35 beds, for male / females over 65 with Dementia and formally known as Redwood & Hawthorn House)

Hazelwood Ward (15 beds mixed sex assessment ward predominantly older people with a diagnosis of functional illness and physical frailty)

K1 - Beech Ward (18 beds all ages for acute mental health care)
K2 - Oak Ward (15 beds all ages for acute mental health care)

The above two wards K1 & K2 underwent a revamp in 2011 / 2012 at a cost of 2.4 million to the trust.

K3 - Birch Ward (24 beds all ages for acute mental health care)

Maple House (6 beds, for intensive mental health care)

To remove Linden Ward and K2 Ward would be detrimental to the people of Bolton. I find it rather bizarre to now want to close Linden Ward when only last December Bolton was praised on its Dementia care facilities and now they want to remove 35 beds and send patients who are perhaps are already confused and frightened to Little Hulton!

As far as I am aware WE needs more beds at Bolton not less, and shipping patients to Little Hulton is neither practical nor reality! It is **** right pathetic!

Having been on the receiving end of mental health care in Bolton I have suffered when no beds have been available to be admitted to, threatened with being sent elsewhere in the UK, sometimes as far away as Scotland. People with mental health problems should not be treated like second class citizens, they deserve respect, care, guidance and understanding at a time when they are vulnerable.

The Home Based treatment team in Bolton has experienced significant problems over the years, as have the Crisis Team who more often than not have ONE member of staff covering both the phone lines and A&E; this is putting people’s lives at risk.

Yes, there is the new RAID team, and I am all for supporting people in their own homes, but Bolton is not ready to take this step, and I feel by closing wards, we are going to lose more lives to the devastating effects of mental illness because the support is not going to be available to those who need it.

Please the people of Bolton, read the HOME Consultation and put forward any comments and concerns you might have!
For people who want to help or have questions about what is happening in Bolton with Mental Health Services, visit the Greater Manchester West Foundation Website, and view under ‘NEWS’ the ‘HOME Consultation Document’ which details what is happening and allows people to put forward their views. The consultation period is open until the 30th March 2014. http://www.gmw.nhs.u k/news/home-consulta tion-document-600 Lets’ clarify... At Bolton, we currently have the following wards: Linden Ward (35 beds, for male / females over 65 with Dementia and formally known as Redwood & Hawthorn House) Hazelwood Ward (15 beds mixed sex assessment ward predominantly older people with a diagnosis of functional illness and physical frailty) K1 - Beech Ward (18 beds all ages for acute mental health care) K2 - Oak Ward (15 beds all ages for acute mental health care) The above two wards K1 & K2 underwent a revamp in 2011 / 2012 at a cost of 2.4 million to the trust. K3 - Birch Ward (24 beds all ages for acute mental health care) Maple House (6 beds, for intensive mental health care) To remove Linden Ward and K2 Ward would be detrimental to the people of Bolton. I find it rather bizarre to now want to close Linden Ward when only last December Bolton was praised on its Dementia care facilities and now they want to remove 35 beds and send patients who are perhaps are already confused and frightened to Little Hulton! As far as I am aware WE needs more beds at Bolton not less, and shipping patients to Little Hulton is neither practical nor reality! It is **** right pathetic! Having been on the receiving end of mental health care in Bolton I have suffered when no beds have been available to be admitted to, threatened with being sent elsewhere in the UK, sometimes as far away as Scotland. People with mental health problems should not be treated like second class citizens, they deserve respect, care, guidance and understanding at a time when they are vulnerable. The Home Based treatment team in Bolton has experienced significant problems over the years, as have the Crisis Team who more often than not have ONE member of staff covering both the phone lines and A&E; this is putting people’s lives at risk. Yes, there is the new RAID team, and I am all for supporting people in their own homes, but Bolton is not ready to take this step, and I feel by closing wards, we are going to lose more lives to the devastating effects of mental illness because the support is not going to be available to those who need it. Please the people of Bolton, read the HOME Consultation and put forward any comments and concerns you might have! You Have To Be Kidding
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