Only acute mental health unit in Waltham Forest to remain closed

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Borough's only acute mental health service to close Borough's only acute mental health service to close

The only facility for treating people with acute mental health problems in Waltham Forest will close permanently, it has been announced.

The decision to shutdown Naseberry Court in Larskhall Road, Highams Park, has been taken despite GPs in Chingford calling the facility to remain during a public consultation by Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The treatment centre was temporarily closed by North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) in March 2013 amid concerns over patient safety, high absconding levels and an incident in December 2012 when a patient attacked staff.

Services, staff and patients were transferred to Sunflowers Court at King George Hospital in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, where they will remain from now on. 

More than half of respondents to the public consultation agreed Naseberry Court should close permanently, with 24 per cent disagreeing.

A quarter ‘strongly disagreed’ with the patients being treated outside the borough, citing concerns over travel distances for patients and their families.

However, nearly 40 per cent of those surveyed agreed there should be an alternative in Waltham Forest to Sunflowers Court.

A joint response by GPs in Chingford ‘strongly recommended’ NELFT maintain services mental health community recovery services for outpatients at the Chingford site.

NELFT has been asked what will happen to the site in Merriam Close.

The subject of home treatment care for older people and minimising the need for inpatient care was strongly supported by over 85 per cent of the consultation’s respondents.

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3:42pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Robert19 says...

I wonder how much of this is about cutting costs due to a reduction of of 20% in the national mental health budget. This is a scandal - hidden for the most part . People need a local service. If this building is so unsafe then this should have been dealt with on a planned basis.
Mental ill health costs the country millions and the more that people are left to try to cope for themselves the costs will escalate when people need to be sectioned as their health deteriorates. The NHS is not safe in this government's hands.
I wonder how much of this is about cutting costs due to a reduction of of 20% in the national mental health budget. This is a scandal - hidden for the most part . People need a local service. If this building is so unsafe then this should have been dealt with on a planned basis. Mental ill health costs the country millions and the more that people are left to try to cope for themselves the costs will escalate when people need to be sectioned as their health deteriorates. The NHS is not safe in this government's hands. Robert19
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4:44pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

What was the quality of the 'Public Consultation? Letter sent to addresses with Pizza and Double Glazing junk mail?
What was the quality of the 'Public Consultation? Letter sent to addresses with Pizza and Double Glazing junk mail? Villagecranberry
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11:23pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Sam Hain says...

Out of sight, out of mind - until there's a tragedy, of course, and then there's a moral panic. We never seem to learn.
Out of sight, out of mind - until there's a tragedy, of course, and then there's a moral panic. We never seem to learn. Sam Hain
  • Score: 4

3:36pm Wed 30 Apr 14

greenmoor1 says...

I for one am over the moon that this awful place has finally closed for good!! My family suffered a completely avoidable tragedy a few years ago whilst our relative was an inpatient.
So pleased that other families won't go through what we did.
I for one am over the moon that this awful place has finally closed for good!! My family suffered a completely avoidable tragedy a few years ago whilst our relative was an inpatient. So pleased that other families won't go through what we did. greenmoor1
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