Burnley mental health ward still set to close

Burnley General Hospital

Burnley General Hospital

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NHS bosses have confirmed that a mental health ward in Burnley is still due to close – despite delays in finalising arrangements.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been winding down operations at the Casterton Avenue site as part of a major countywide reorganisation.

And Ward 18 was due to close during this financial year, saving £720,000 for the trust’s in-year £7.45million cost improvement plan.

But it has been confirmed the plans are slightly behind schedule – though the ward is still expected to finally close this year.

Work was approved by Burnley councillors to provide a fresh-air balcony, in January, to solve an accommodation issue on the wing.

Patients were going ‘absent without leave’ while being taken off the ward for exercise so plans were drawn up for a secure external area.

East Lancashire patients from Blackburn’s Pendle View and Hill View are also understood to have been relocated to Burnley while accommodation there was refurbished.

Trust chiefs have been working on a programme to provide more community services, decreasing the need for in-patient beds.

A Lancashire Trust spokesman said: “As part of this gradual reduction, the beds currently provided on Ward 18 at Burnley General Hospital are due to close.

“The date for this closure is yet to be confirmed and this will only take place when it is clinically appropriate to do so.

“The trust has considered future alternative uses for the space currently occupied by Ward 18 and it was identified that with some minor construction work there was the possibility to provide safe access to outdoor space from the ward.

“This has the full support of the Care Quality Commission and the trust remains committed to providing the best possible facilities it can for the duration of the transition programme.”

East Lancashire dementia patients are currently cared for in Blackpool.

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3:58pm Fri 14 Mar 14

frank says...

East Lancashire dementia patients are currently cared for in Blackpool.

thats fantastic local care if people don't have a car.
East Lancashire dementia patients are currently cared for in Blackpool. thats fantastic local care if people don't have a car. frank
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7:42am Sat 15 Mar 14

happycyclist says...

The 'Care Quality Commission...' FFS.
The 'Care Quality Commission...' FFS. happycyclist
  • Score: 6

9:44am Sat 15 Mar 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

how mental of the ccq,yet theyve kicked most of us insomniacs of temmazepam and then theyre starting on thge rest if the benzodiazpeins
yet theyre closing this down.......i for one will end up in there soon due to them cutting me off valium
how mental of the ccq,yet theyve kicked most of us insomniacs of temmazepam and then theyre starting on thge rest if the benzodiazpeins yet theyre closing this down.......i for one will end up in there soon due to them cutting me off valium BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: 1

10:28am Sat 15 Mar 14

DaveBurnley says...

People don't matter to the fat cats who are running the show. We are all just delegated to numbers in tick boxes, just under the tick box marked 'our bonuses secured'.
People don't matter to the fat cats who are running the show. We are all just delegated to numbers in tick boxes, just under the tick box marked 'our bonuses secured'. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 2

11:06am Sat 15 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Mental health AKA the new bad back. :-)
Mental health AKA the new bad back. :-) 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -12

11:12am Sat 15 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Mental health AKA the new bad back. :-)
Sounds like you could do with a stint on the ward yourself.......oh hang on a minute that's right you don't have mental health issues, you're just simply a c***.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Mental health AKA the new bad back. :-)[/p][/quote]Sounds like you could do with a stint on the ward yourself.......oh hang on a minute that's right you don't have mental health issues, you're just simply a c***. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 10

6:55pm Sat 15 Mar 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Oh what's wrong Steven need a loan do we. You know we all no about your financial problems. Shopacheck knocking are they .
Don't worry I'll be buying your debts soon, we'll have fun.
Oh what's wrong Steven need a loan do we. You know we all no about your financial problems. Shopacheck knocking are they . Don't worry I'll be buying your debts soon, we'll have fun. 2 for 5p ridesagain
  • Score: -9

6:59pm Sat 15 Mar 14

BURNLEYITE40 says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Oh what's wrong Steven need a loan do we. You know we all no about your financial problems. Shopacheck knocking are they .
Don't worry I'll be buying your debts soon, we'll have fun.
tut tut at threats on ere
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Oh what's wrong Steven need a loan do we. You know we all no about your financial problems. Shopacheck knocking are they . Don't worry I'll be buying your debts soon, we'll have fun.[/p][/quote]tut tut at threats on ere BURNLEYITE40
  • Score: 4

9:58pm Sat 15 Mar 14

doctor1970 says...

People with mental health problems have feeling like everyone else, so people need to watch what they're saying and that means you 2 for 5p ridesagain
People with mental health problems have feeling like everyone else, so people need to watch what they're saying and that means you 2 for 5p ridesagain doctor1970
  • Score: 8

9:59pm Sat 15 Mar 14

doctor1970 says...

Well said steven
Well said steven doctor1970
  • Score: 5

11:32pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Oh what's wrong Steven need a loan do we. You know we all no about your financial problems. Shopacheck knocking are they .
Don't worry I'll be buying your debts soon, we'll have fun.
No 2 for 5 p. What I need is for you to provide me with your address so I can come round and have a cup of tea with you and talk about YOUR issues.

I'm quite fortunate that I am debt free so you won't be paying anything. But we can talk about that when I come round.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Oh what's wrong Steven need a loan do we. You know we all no about your financial problems. Shopacheck knocking are they . Don't worry I'll be buying your debts soon, we'll have fun.[/p][/quote]No 2 for 5 p. What I need is for you to provide me with your address so I can come round and have a cup of tea with you and talk about YOUR issues. I'm quite fortunate that I am debt free so you won't be paying anything. But we can talk about that when I come round. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 2

11:07am Sun 16 Mar 14

Ken dodds cousin says...

more cut backs,to busy sending cash abroad...disgrace this country how it treats its own.
more cut backs,to busy sending cash abroad...disgrace this country how it treats its own. Ken dodds cousin
  • Score: 4

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