"Internet access for patients at the Wells Road Centre"

About: Forensic mental health

(as a staff member),

It concerns me greatly that the patients can't have access to the Internet (trust policy) in the patients library - even though this would be completely supervised, risk assessed and monitored by staff locally. For recovery, education, entertainment and developing necessary life skills, I find it astounding that in this modern age we as a service are unable to facilitate this.

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Response from Yvonne Bird, Community Forensics OT, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for raising your concern.

As a directorate we are in support of having safe internet access use for patients.

The Trust IT department have been reviewing how this can be done and we have spoken with the Trust IT head today to gain an update. We have been reassured that this is a priority and that two proposals are currently being reviewed and a decision will be made very soon. The head of IT has confirmed that we will receive further updates so that we can keep staff, patients and carers updated with the progress on this.

Andy Latham

General manager

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