An update on our plans for rehabilitation and recovery services in York

Our intention has always been to review the model of care for rehabilitation and recovery services to make sure that people get the appropriate support (a hospital environment is not always the best place for this).

Our intention has always been to review the model of care for rehabilitation and recovery services to make sure that people get the appropriate support (a hospital environment is not always the best place for this).

Because of the issues we are currently facing in York we are undertaking this review earlier than planned and discussing options with staff. This includes holding a workshop at the beginning of March, involving staff and service users.

There are currently 12 service users at Acomb Garth and we know that for many of them an inpatient unit is not the best environment. We will work closely with them, their families, our staff and partner organisations to identify more suitable or alternative accommodation and support.

We want to do this as soon as possible and ideally by the end of March but this will depend on finding appropriate accommodation and support for service users and the unit will not close until then.

The reason for fast-tracking this work is so that we can free up the Acomb Garth unit for other services. Men with dementia are currently being admitted to our assessment and treatment ward at Worsley Court in Selby. However, we recognise that this is not an ideal location and we want to move this service back to York as soon as possible.

Many of our elderly patients have physical health needs and having easy access to their GPs and general hospital services is important. We plan to move these services to Acomb Garth later this year, once work has been carried out to make sure the unit meets the needs of people with dementia. 

This is a difficult time for mental health services in York and Selby. There are number of changes taking place across our inpatient services and we appreciate how unsettling this must be for people.

We will continue to do all we can to involve people in discussions about these changes and to minimise the disruption it has on patients, their families and staff.

If people have any questions or concerns please phone 01904 610700.