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DEMENTIA WARD TO REMAIN CLOSED BUT COMMUNITY SERVICE TO BE SET UP


Older people with dementia will be supported in the community by a new NHS service, following a decision to close Shackleton Ward at St Mary’s Hospital by Isle of Wight NHS Trust, supported by clinical commissioners.

The Trust Board met on 5th September to discuss the future of Shackleton Ward at St Mary’s Hospital, which is closed to admissions because of staff shortages. It was decided that the ward will remain closed and that the Trust will work with commissioners to set up a new, improved service that will support older people in their homes or nursing and care homes, rather than on a hospital ward.

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has confirmed that a small number of people may need to be placed on the mainland while the new service is being set up, but added that the new service will work hard to avoid the need for admission, and to enable early discharge.

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The publication of a recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) report highlighted concerns about the quality of care provided on Shackleton Ward prior to its closure to admissions.

Dr Lesley Stevens, the Trust’s Director of Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, said:

“We have been working with our clinical commissioners and have agreed that Shackleton Ward will remain closed indefinitely because of a shortage of staff.

“We will work together to create a new service for older people with dementia that will support them in the community, including in their own home and in residential or nursing homes.

“The community-based service will be better for those people needing support, their families and the wider community.

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“Creating this new service fits with the priorities set out in the Mental Health Blueprint and the Isle of Wight Health and Care Plan, both show that to improve mental health services we must change our model of care to be more community-based.”

The Mental Health Blueprint and Health and Care Plan set out a vision for services that are shared between the Trust, clinical commissioners and the council.

Work to transform mental health services on the Island continues, in collaboration with Age UK Isle of Wight, Alzheimer’s Café IOW, Carers IW and Healthwatch Isle of Wight, who are all working together to develop an Island-wide strategy for dementia care.

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Lou
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Lou

They have just spent two hundred thousand pounds and then they close it. They must have known they were closing it prior to refurb. What an utter waste of so desperately needed money. Another example of poor leadership and management. How many times have I heard, it comes from another pot of money. Rubbish, you juggle money around to where it is needed. If I managed my home like the NHS did, I would be on the streets. People are sick to death of precious public money being wasted. Reminds me of when they closed west wight middle school but council paid 100 grand for new windows not long before they demolished it. !!!! Something seriously wrong and corrupt with the system .

Christopher Davis
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Christopher Davis

What absolute bunkum who else apart from St Mary hospital and the Isle of Wight council would spend money on doing something up and then close it. Head’s need to roll in both organizations to make the Isle of Wight a safe place to live

Ian Delaney
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Ian Delaney

Oh great more care in the community…….until they defund that as well !

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