Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust to fund four beds at Wicklewood women’s mental health unit to ease pressure over its future

Ashcroft Centre in WicklewoodPicture by: Sonya Duncan

Ashcroft Centre in WicklewoodPicture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Health bosses have confirmed that they will fund four beds at a women's mental health unit near Wymondham to ease uncertainty over its future.

The 14-bed Ashcroft residential home, in Wicklewood, faced closure by the Julian Support charity, but was saved in December thanks to renegotiations with Norfolk County Council over funding.

Eight of the beds were saved, but it was thought that six commissioned by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust would be axed from April.

But ahead of a public meeting tomorrow in Norwich to discuss concerns over the reduced capacity, the trust has confirmed that they will continue to fund four beds - meaning a loss of just two.

The four beds will be financed for a further 12 months.

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Debbie White, director of operations for Norfolk, said: 'We have commissioned four beds at Ashcroft and we know that women who use the service value it very highly. We are pleased to confirm that we have committed to funding four beds at Ashcroft for the next 12 months.'

Ashcroft provides short and long-term rehabilitation and respite services for women.

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A meeting tomorrow at the Vauxhall Centre in Vauxhall Street will be the first gathering of members of the Save Ashcroft campaign, launched after its future became uncertain at the end of last year.

It starts at 7.30pm and will be chaired by former Norwich MP Dr Ian Gibson, and health and council officials and senior representatives from Julian Support are due to attend, along with Simon Wright, MP for South Norwich.

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