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Overnight Beds to Go at Bridport Mental Health Unit

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5:29pm 4th April 2013

A Bridport Councillor has hit out at Dorset Healthcare over a decision to get rid of beds at the Hospitals mental health unit.

The Hughes Unit - on Hospital Lane - provides round the clock care and overnight accommodation to people with mental health problems and those going through detox for drug and alcohol misuse.

Plans to remove overnight beds there were announced earlier in the year - Sherborne's Stewart Lodge is affected too.

This week, a decision was made to remove the 7 beds at the Hughes Unit in 3 week’s time.

Bridport Councillor Ros Kayes told Wessex-FM; "This decision vastly reduces the number of adult mental health overnight beds available in the west of the county - a reduction of 35%.

95% of patients at the Linden ward in Weymouth, which is being projected as the alternative accommodation and which is often full to capacity already come from Weymouth and Portland - so how are they going to have room for those from Bridport and Sherborne?"

Dorset Healthcare say services will be bolstered for anyone affected elsewhere and day services will continue to run at Hughes.

James Barton Director, Mental Health Services, Dorset HealthCare commented:

"The judicial review into the consultation was dismissed in court and from 23rd April the inpatient beds at the Hughes Unit (7 beds) and Stewart Lodge (9 beds) will be replaced with an increased provision of crisis response and home treatment services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This will be operated from the Waterston Assessment Unit at Forston Clinic from 23rd April.

"Both the Hughes Unit and Stewart Lodge will continue to provide recovery focused day-care services seven days a week and a seven bed recovery house opened in Weymouth on 2 April 2013." 


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