Your views needed on Bloxwich Hospital

Mental health services in Walsall have changed significantly for the better over the last few years. We have seen great improvements in the way people are treated for more severe mental health problems, such as increased focus and investment in primary care and community services as an alternative to treatment in hospital settings.

As part of this journey, older adult mental health services in Walsall have been through a transformation programme to strengthen the care provided in the community, offering more choice and services closer to home. This has included developing nurse roles in primary care, working with GPs and the wider primary care teams, enhancing the community mental health team so that it is available for longer hours across seven days, re-providing the day service in the community, and now the last part of the journey, to provide inpatient beds in a brand new, purpose-built, modern environment.

Older adult inpatient beds are currently provided across two wards at Bloxwich Hospital. As the hospital was not purpose built for older adult inpatients, the current ward environment and layout can provide challenges in providing enough day space for patient groups and therapeutic activities. As a result, our commissioners and regulators are supportive of the Trust exploring alternative options as a way of continually trying to provide an improved level of service for older adult inpatients.

A team of clinicians, managers, Experts by Experience and estates staff looked at a number of options and scored each one against set criteria. The option to relocate the wards to Dorothy Pattison Hospital came out highest.

To help us develop our plans further we would like to hear your views. We have produced an engagement document that provides more information on the proposals.

We would like as many people as possible to have the opportunity to tell us what they think about our plans. If you have any concerns, comments, or need any further clarification, then we’re waiting to hear from you.

You can let us know what you think about our plans by:

Clinical Service Development Team

Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

2nd Floor, Trafalgar House

47-49 King Street

Dudley

DY2 8PS

  • Speaking to us on 01384 325022

Deadline for feedback is Friday 22 December 2017.