Public face mental health shake-up

Planned changes to mental health services after health chiefs cut funding by £2m are to go out public consultation.The review affects older people's mental health services in central Norfolk and was triggered after Norfolk Primary Care Trust reduced funding to Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust.

Planned changes to mental health services after health chiefs cut funding by £2m are to go out to public consultation.

The review affects older people's mental health services in central Norfolk and was triggered after Norfolk Primary Care Trust reduced funding to Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust.

The cut forced the mental health trust to look at reducing services, but now the changes have been put on hold after Norfolk's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee ordered that the public must be consulted.

The 90-day consultation, beginning on September 3, will ask people for their views over plans to change day hospital services, reduce in-patient beds at the Julian Hospital in Norwich from 80 to 44, transfer specialist inpatient continuing care beds from Yew Tree and Laburnum wards at Hellesdon Hospital to the Julian Hospital and shift more care into the community with Community Mental Health Teams.

From the beginning of September, copies of the consultation document will be distributed widely and posted on the website www.norfolk-pct.nhs.uk. They will also be available at three public meetings hosted by the independent Patient and Public Involvement Forums: at The Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich on September 3 from 10.30am-12.30pm; Wymondham Central Hall, Back Lane, Wymondham, on September 17 from 2pm-4pm and Aylsham High School on October 1 at 6pm-8pm.

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