"Proposed closure of day hospital PHC Lincoln"

About: Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health

(as the patient),

This has being going on for a number of months. We were initially told that this acute facility was closing, then it would run alongside the proposed Recovery College. 10 days ago we were told it was closing on the 31st March with the the Recovery College up and running on the 1 st April. Yesterday I was informed this is not until June and the ward will remain open although with only 1 member of staff, who although experienced in this field is not trained.

This is having an adverse effect on my mental health as I feel that, if they can close this whilst I have letters saying it will remain open, what other support will be removed from me? Furthermore other facilities have been removed at the PHC with senior managers telling service users different reasons. We do talk and support each other and much of this is in writing.

I will add that I do think the Recovery College could be a valuable asset if run and funded correctly but it meets a different client group to the current day ward.

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Response from Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to post your comment about the Recovery College/Day Ward at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre. I am sorry to hear that this is having an adverse effect on you and would like to allay your concerns. Whilst I can understand that you are worried this is an exciting project to support people and help them to recover and better understand mental health.

The day ward does not have an official closure date although the services provided have reduced a great deal over the last several months. The staff that were based in it full time are now largely working within other teams but if the acute inpatient areas identify someone who needs to attend for a specific reason the service will ensure that there are people available to support them as part of a planned period of care, usually linked to the crisis and home treatment team involvement that they are receiving. The need for this however has been minimal and it is hoped that once the recovery college is firmly established within the Trust we will be able to provide a broad enough health, wellbeing and educational timetable, running alongside the Managed Care Network provision, to meet everybody’s needs in a meaningful way.

If you wish to discuss this further I would be more than happy to do so. Please feel free to contact me on 01522 526827.

Louise Bussell

General Manager

General Adult Services

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