Changes to inpatient beds for men with dementia in Vale of York

Concerns about safe staffing have brought forward the planned closure of our inpatient unit for men with dementia in Selby.

Concerns about safe staffing have brought forward the planned closure of our inpatient unit for men with dementia in Selby.

 

Plans were in place to move the inpatient assessment services currently provided at Worsley Court in Selby back to Acomb Garth in York in February next year.

 

As a result of concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission about staffing on the unit we have written to commissioners at NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) requesting their support to work towards closing the unit by the end of the year, ahead of the planned closure in February 2017.

 

There are currently eight patients on the unit and on average the Trust admits one or two people per month.

 

Elizabeth Moody, director of nursing and governance at TEWV, said: “This was a difficult decision as we recognise the potential impact on patients and their loved ones.

 

“However, the safety and wellbeing of service users and their carers is our priority and we feel this is the best and safest option.

 

“We will, of course, do everything possible to support people over the coming weeks.

 

“We believe that most of the patients currently on the unit would be better supported in a nursing or residential home and we are currently working with families and our partners in the local authority to identify suitable accommodation for them.

 

“There are likely to be a small number of patients who will not be ready to leave hospital by the end of December and we will discuss alternative inpatient accommodation for them with their families.

 

“Most people with dementia receive the care and support they need in their own homes, nursing or residential homes and we recently enhanced our care home liaison team to provide support seven days a week.

 

“We are already seeing a reduction in the number of hospital admissions although some people will need to spend time in hospital and until Acomb Garth opens in February men will be admitted to inpatient units in other areas of the Trust.

 

“We realise this means that families will need to travel farther to visit loved ones and we will do all we can to support them and help with transport.”

 

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