Adult and Dementia Mental Health

From 30 January for twelve weeks, the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (Health East) are carrying out a consultation into the future of the  Services provided by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in the Great Yarmouth and Waveney areas.
The services covered by this Consultation are:
  • Adult mental health services in Great Yarmouth and Waveney for people 18 and over with mental problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia. 
  • Dementia in-patient and community services in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
  • Information and resource centres for patients and family carers in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. 
Health East are seeking the views of patients, family carers, the public and local clinicians on three sets of proposals. 
Proposal 1: Adult Mental Health Services
The proposal is to reduce the number of adult acute beds from 28 across two sites (Northgate Hospital and Carlton Court) to 20 beds at one of the two sites and to develop one enhanced crisis resolution and home treatment team to cover the whole Great Yarmouth and Waveney area. 
Proposal 2: Dementia and Complex Care in Old Age Services
This proposal is to permanently close 12 dementia assessment beds at Larkspur Ward in Carlton Court and develop a dementia intensive support team who would work with patients within the community. The emphasis is on early detection and treatment for dementia. 
Proposal 3: Information and Resource Centres
This proposal is to develop an information and resource centre to provide information, advice and support to people with dementia and mental health problems. The centre will include a dementia café in South Lowestoft potentially at The Poppies in Carlton Court. 
Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, commented:
“I welcome this consultation as it is very important that the health service are fully aware of the views of Waveney residents in making important decisions as to how mental health care and support will in future be delivered in the area. The service must be shaped to take account of the needs and requirements of local people.
“Carlton Court has played a vital role in providing mental health care for many years and it is important that it continues to do so. This consultation will help determine what services are provided there and I am keen that people let Health East know about their needs, experiences and aspirations. I also want to hear from people, so that I can properly represent them in my submission to the Consultation”.
Health East have arranged the following public meetings in the Waveney area to support the consultation:
  • Thursday 13 February 2014 – 6.00 -8.00 pm at The Sanctuary, North Lowestoft United Reform Church, London Road North, Lowestoft NR32 1HB
  • Tuesday 25 March 2014 – 6 – 8 pm at Meeting Room 3, NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG, Beccles House, 1 Common Lane North, Beccles NR34 9BN
The Consultation launched publicly on Thursday 30 January and runs for 12 weeks, closing at 5 pm on Thursday 24 April 2014. 
Electronic copies of the summary and full length versions of the consultation documents and links to the online version of the questionnaire and other supporting information is available on Health East’s dedicated web page 
You can let Peter Aldous know your views by emailing him on

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