"SPAN - essential to my well-being"
About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient) Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Adult mental health (inpatient) NG3 6AA
Posted by finmental (as ),
I am very concerned at the proposed closure of SPAN, foster drive, nottingham. In my opinion, the decision making process should take into account that short term financial gain (the sale of a site) is going to have long term financial consequences for the NHS when desperate service users inevitably fetch up at GPs and casualty and require more one to one psychiatric support and in patient care.
It is all very well saying services will continue in alternative sites. Where are these buildings? Do they have disabled access? Do they have the facilities to continue the high level of facilities, care and support that we get in SPAN. What support is being give to staff who are faced with finding alternate venues? Surely the Trust should have found these alternative venues before the announcement was made to service users that their lifeline was being sold off?
It feels to me like no one in higher management understands the detrimental effect all this uncertainty causes to many with mental health problems, not to mention that I feel the trust is putting money before patients.
SPAN used to be a vibrant, well used facility with a whole range of therapeutic activities. But gradually it has been run down, many of the groups simply disappearing. SPAN is a wonderful modern building with good facilities and potential to offer a wide range of activities that could be opened up to the public to create a community hub, offering that favourite buzz words "social inclusion". The alternative is moving groups into "the community" where we rarely see a member of the public. It doesn't feel like this is inclusive to me?
Finally, why can't we have a bit of joined up government ? I go to three different groups. The Trust wants to get rid of SPAN, the council day centre i attend is under threat and i also get support from Famework, who have had their budget slashed by the council. These are all things that keep me functioning. What hope do i have if all these facilities close?