"Disappointed at closure of St Francis Hospital's Bestwood Ward "
About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Mental Health Services for Older People – Inpatient Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Mental Health Services for Older People – Inpatient Nottingham NG3 6AA
Posted by Lotty (as ),
Prior to my fathers admission to Bestwood Ward we had heard that there was a proposed closure to St Francis Hospital (Bestwood and Daybrook Ward) but it was unlikely to effect my dad because it would be later in the year - sometime between October/ December at the earliest. Unfortunately my father has experienced several moves during the past year which has contributed to his mental health deterioration, therefore we wanted his next move to be permanent, carefully chosen with advice from professionals to enable the family, including my father, to make an informed decision. It has been a very emotional journey for my family to accept our dad is unlikely to come home. However we now have the additional stress to find a suitable nursing home as soon as possible prior to the closure proposed in July.
It also seems the staff are not sure of their futures, which has clearly had an impact on moral.
I have witnessed dedicated nurses and carers under pressure with a reduction in staff and unfamiliar bank staff being used. New faces can be confusing to patients and can impact on their behaviour especially when personal care is needed. This is not fair to patients who generally respond well with staff they know and trust.
It is very sad that Bestwood and Daybrook Ward which has helped so many people over the years should close without first consulting staff, patients, families and the community. This service will be hard to match, but the hardest thing of all is telling my dad he is moving again.
Carers and staff have been informed (but not to my knowledge, consulted with) that this well respected and community mental health inpatient service is closing. Originally the date was to be October 2014. Now it has been brought forward to the end of July. It appears senior management and commissioners made the decision in principal prior to full carers/patients and public consultation.
The reason given was to increase community services. But my question as a relative of someone who uses the service is, what do these increases in services look like?
I am told a new service called 'IRIS' will take over but we have no further details.
For example what does 'IRIS' look like? Unfortunately full details were not available as the service service is still developing.
Who then I ask is responsible for finding appropriate community care or nursing homes within 6 weeks for some of the most vulnerable people in our community? Many of these people are unable to express their views and are not represented. Carers and families have been put under pressure and worrying what is going to happen.
In my mind this is not community care. This is nothing more than management led NHS cost cutting.