St Ann’s day hospital for the elderly set to close

“A DAY hospital is set to close as part of review of care to elderly patients in Nottingham. The Pease Hill Centre day hospital, in St Ann’s, will be closed and sold off, with its community and day services moved elsewhere.

The move is part of changes in care to elderly people with mental health problems, with more work now being done in the community. Other services at Pease Hill will be moved to the City Hospital and Highbury Hospital, in Bulwell…

Jim Walker, Notts Healthcare’s divisional manager for performance and planning, said: “The world has moved on and it is felt there are better ways of providing treatment and therapy now…”

When the centre closes later this month, its community outreach services will continue, but will be run from Duncan MacMillan House, in Mapperley…

At a meeting of the city and county health scrutiny committee, councillors said they wanted more details on how the plans would affect patients.

Coun Barbara Venes said: “The alternatives have got to be in place for the patients. We have to remember that some elderly people with mental health problems need assistance 24 hours a day.”

Paul Dunnery, regional manager for the Alzheimer’s Society, said he was pleased that Notts Healthcare was working with local councils and health trusts over the proposals. “We hope that, within all this, they don’t forget people with dementia and their carers need good quality breaks,” he added.”

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