About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult mental health (inpatient) Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Adult mental health (inpatient) NG3 6AA
Posted by Pixie (as ),
I am most concerned about the imminent closure of the Span Centre, Foster Drive, Nottingham. The staff there do a good job in supporting the service users and enabling them to lead a useful and productive life. I fear that this support will be seriously diluted, or even lost when the centre closes this year. Even if the staff are still employed by the Trust, and based at Highbury Hospital (I understand), without a base to meet at the essential contact will be lost. Therefore this is a very worrying time for the service users.
The building itself is modern and well suited to its purpose. and it should be more fully utilised rather than closed.
Support and activities in the community are all very well in theory, but in practice it often means vulnerable people getting lost in the system, amongst the crowd, because this contact is severed. Lack of support can lead to deterioration in mental health, and anguish for the patient as well as more work for the hard-pressed mental health services.