Consultation Over Mental Health Closures

Formal consultation starts today on the future of adult mental health rehabilitation and psychiatric intensive care services

A public consultation begins today on the future of two mental health units in Hampshire.

There has been extensive staff, service user, carer and public engagement in recent months around rehabilitation and psychiatric intensive care services (including an independent clinical review of psychiatric intensive care services).

This outlined how the Trust has developed the community services so that they offer support closer to people's homes. It follows national guidance and the Trust listening to what service users have told us they want. As a result of these service developments fewer people need to stay in hospital.

This change has led to the need for a four-week consultation launched today - Monday 28 June 2010. It will look specifically at the future of Rivendale Rehabilitation Unit in Sarisbury Green and Ellingham Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in Calmore.

A number of events to inform members of the public about the proposals and give them the opportunity to give their views have been booked to take place during the consultation.

Nick Yeo, Chief Executive said: "We want to make sure that our services are the best and that we exceed national standards for the quality and performance of our clinical care. Our aim is to develop services which offer real choice to the people who use them, close to their home, supporting them through their recovery and enabling them to remain healthy."

The full consultation document which outlines all the proposals and a summary document are on the Trust's website or by contacting the Trust's engagement team (details below).

Views can be given in a variety of ways including:

In person at the following formal public consultation events:

· Tuesday 6 July – 5.00pm – 7.00pm

Lyndhurst Community Centre, off main car park, High Street, Lyndhurst, SO43 7NY

· Thursday 8 July – 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Music Room, Thorngate Halls, Bury Road, Gosport, PO12 3PX

· Monday 12 July - 5.00pm - 7.00pm

The Octagon Room, Ferneham Hall, Osborn Road, Fareham PO16 7DB

· Wednesday 14 July - 12.30pm - 2.30pm

Masonic Hall, 10 High Street, Lymington SO41 9AA

By post to:

Engagement Office, Maples, Tatchbury Mount, Calmore, SO40 2RZ

By email to:

By telephone: 023 8087 4118

Via the website: click here