Aug 31 2012 By Jack Griffith
THE NUMBER of hospital beds for dementia patients could be reduced in favour of community care, under plans to 'modernise' older people's mental health services in Hillingdon.
The Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) is proposing to slash the number of inpatient beds for dementia sufferers at Hillingdon Hospital's Woodland Centre, from 40 to 25.
On average, the ward has been less than half full over the past year.
Admission to the smaller ward would be reserved for people in the more advanced stages of the condition.
The money saved would pay for patient treatment 'in the community', as well as the recruitment of more staff.
The Trust says that the change would improve efficiency, and reduce waiting times for patients displaying the early signs of dementia getting assessed and diagnosed, at the Memory Service. The CNWL says in it's consultation document: "[We] are committed to providing excellent care for Older People that is modern and respects the individual’s rights to privacy and dignity and we believe that considerable improvements can be made through these changes.”
A public consultation is underway, and people have until November 4 to comment on the proposals.
Two consultation events are being held at the Woodland Centre, in Pield Heath Road, Hillingdon, on September 25, 5-7pm, and October 24, 11am-1pm.
Would you be affected if these changes were made? Do you have your doubts about the merits of treatment 'in the community', or do you think this is practical and will result in better patient care?
Send your views to email@example.com!