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Chief executive’s pledge over closure of dementia beds in Waveney

16:37 02 July 2013

Carlton Court care home health cuts protest.
Bob Blizzard (centre)

Picture: James Bass

Carlton Court care home health cuts protest. Bob Blizzard (centre) Picture: James Bass

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The chief executive of a mental health trust pledged that dementia beds in Waveney would not be cut until a new care in the community scheme was proven to work.

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Andrew Hopkins, acting CEO of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, was quizzed by members of the Great Yarmouth and Waveney joint health scrutiny committee today over plans to reduce the number of beds at Carlton Court Hospital, near Lowestoft.

Mr Hopkins said the mental health trust was introducing new dementia intensive support teams to treat patients in their homes, which would reduce the demand on inpatient beds.

“We will not physically close the beds until we prove that it can work,” he said.

The acting chief executive said the NHS trust would be consulting over proposals to reduce the number of dementia beds in Waveney.

Officials plan to cut beds at Carlton Court Hospital from 12 to seven and close 12 assessment beds for the frail and elderly.

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4 comments

  • Another load of waffle continuing on the same lines as before. Dementia is a horrible condition with the burden of stress falling on those who have to care for the inflicted. Home care is not the answer and all the nonsense about community care is meaningless. Money is being taken away under this government as it continues to destroy the NHS readying it for a total takeover by the profit making private sector.Cameron stated that the NHS is " Safe in his hands." He did not say for whom it was safe.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, July 4, 2013

  • How many thousands of pounds extra is Andrew Hopkins being paid for acting up while services are slashed and Aidan Thomas is paid more than ten thousand pounds per month for sitting in his Essex garden even though it is claimed that Thomas resigned? If Thomas resigned, why is NSFT paying him more than £10,000 per month of public money until December? No shame, no accountability.

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    Adrian

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

  • Westminster's ConDems would have us believe the NHS is safe and its budget is ring-fenced, so why are there cuts? Could the nine little hypocrites (our local MPs) write a strongly worded letter asking for the board to resign, that will solve the problem I don't think.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Wednesday, July 3, 2013

  • I can cell you now, in home treatment is NOT the answer. At this very moment I have a distressed dementia sufferer laying on the floor and she has been for over an hour and a half. I am by myself, she requires a double lift.

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    peter waller

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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