Final stand to save mental health beds at Royal Bolton Hospital

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MENTAL health workers, patients and carers will make their final stand against plans to close 50 mental health beds at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

Health chiefs will today make their decision on proposals to replace three wards at the hospital with extra beds at Woodlands Hospital in Little Hulton.

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW) wants fewer people to be admitted to mental health wards and instead receive care in their homes.

The shake-up will mean home care can be provided seven days a week in Bolton rather than five, thanks to a £560,000 investment in Bolton’s services.

Campaigners from Bolton Save Our Health Service will gather outside the Friends Meeting House ahead of the NHS Bolton Clinical Commisioning Group’s (CCG) board meeting where directors will decide whether to approve GMW’s plans.

Critics are worried about the reduced bed capacity, staffing levels in the new community service and the risk of patients being sent to other parts of the UK for hospital care.

Karen Reissmann, secretary, Bolton Save our Health Service campaign, said: “We have serious concerns that the proposed cuts will leave vulnerable patients without the services or beds they need at a time of crisis.

“The questions that were asked in the consultation were dishonest.

“If you ask people if they want to be cared for in their own home with the expansion of a community service, of course they will say yes. But if you asked them if they wanted hospital beds to be reduced, they would say no.”

Yet the CCG and GMW have defended the consultation.

Su Long, chief officer, said: “We used a range of methods to seek people’s views from online surveys to meetings where people asked questions to doctors and managers on the plans. We received over 150 comments and these have all been considered in our report being presented to board.”

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12:33pm Fri 2 May 14

Dr Doo Little says...

I was wondering why Bolton has been at peace.
I was wondering why Bolton has been at peace. Dr Doo Little
  • Score: -5

2:23pm Fri 2 May 14

TheBoltonByrd says...

This is disgraceful, those beds are needed plus more.
If you have ever had serious mental health issues, cared for someone who has or are a relative or friend of someone who has, you too will be outraged at this decision.
Care at home is fine if you are able to take your medication, get out of bed, wash yourself, get dressed, eat and drink to keep yourself well and manage to keep your home clean.
Managing to do all these things when you are seriously depressed etc just doesn't happen.
This could lead to many suicides and I for one, am imploring the Trust to keep these beds open.

Love & Peace fellow earthlings ♥
This is disgraceful, those beds are needed plus more. If you have ever had serious mental health issues, cared for someone who has or are a relative or friend of someone who has, you too will be outraged at this decision. Care at home is fine if you are able to take your medication, get out of bed, wash yourself, get dressed, eat and drink to keep yourself well and manage to keep your home clean. Managing to do all these things when you are seriously depressed etc just doesn't happen. This could lead to many suicides and I for one, am imploring the Trust to keep these beds open. Love & Peace fellow earthlings ♥ TheBoltonByrd
  • Score: 12

8:08pm Fri 2 May 14

Blackrod says...

A town the size of a city with mental health bed closures. 98% occupancy of beds so of course they should close to inconvenience relatives friends and the patient. This is a silly ill thought out plan not wanted by professionals patients or carers.
A town the size of a city with mental health bed closures. 98% occupancy of beds so of course they should close to inconvenience relatives friends and the patient. This is a silly ill thought out plan not wanted by professionals patients or carers. Blackrod
  • Score: 7

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