35-bed dementia unit mooted for East Lancs

35-bed dementia unit mooted for East Lancs

35-bed dementia unit mooted for East Lancs

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

HEALTH bosses are looking to commission a new 35-bed unit for dementia patients within East Lancashire.

The £2million-a-year service would offer assessment and rehabilitation beds, while preventing some patients from requiring specialist treatment at a soon-to-be-built hospital in Blackpool.

The Harbour project, which has prompted the controversial closure of specialist dementia beds in Blackburn and Burnley in recent years, is set to open in Blackpool next year, with patients with severe problems being treated in Preston until then.

East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) reluctantly agreed to support the Blackpool move last year, amid concerns about the distances patients and families would have to travel.

It said a new 35-bed facility within East Lancashire would improve and simplify care, and could even prevent some patients from developing severe problems that would still require specialist treatment in Blackpool.

Dr Mike Ions, the CCG’s chief clinical officer, said: “Following agreement at a meeting, we will now test the market by looking at potential providers and locations for the service, as well as fully understanding the likely costs of the service. Our initial plans do suggest that having a local service in East Lancashire would be beneficial in reducing the impact on local families and patients.

“This is an entirely separate piece of work to the Lancashire-wide consultation on specialist dementia care, where a new hospital service is being planned in Blackpool.”

Russ McLean, chairman of the Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group, said: “I know the CCG had raised concerns about patients travelling to Blackpool and I’m happy that they seem to be doing something about it.

“But I’m not sure why didn’t they come up with this proposal about 18 months ago when there was all the controversy about the specialist beds. People would not have been so concerned if this had been discussed back then.”

The CCG believes the project, which will cater for patients with ‘significant’ behavioural and psychological problems, will actually save money, as many patients who currently receive NHS care packages at home or in a nursing home could be admitted to the new unit instead, which would cost the NHS less. There is also concern that The Harbour will only provide 30 specialist beds, while the number of people with dementia is rising sharply.

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4:45pm Thu 26 Jun 14

TONY WALES says...

Will it be big enough?
With all the drug users in the area who are already gaga,
Can you imagine how many will be 100% gaga if they don't, overdose in the years to come?

Could be a good job looking after all the gaga drug users in the years to come
Will it be big enough? With all the drug users in the area who are already gaga, Can you imagine how many will be 100% gaga if they don't, overdose in the years to come? Could be a good job looking after all the gaga drug users in the years to come TONY WALES
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6:01pm Thu 26 Jun 14

mayor07 says...

Tony Wales, you should be embarrassed by your post. You clearly have no understanding of dementia whatsoever.
Tony Wales, you should be embarrassed by your post. You clearly have no understanding of dementia whatsoever. mayor07
  • Score: 6

8:04pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Catty girl says...

Tony wales you are an idiot! My father in law has dementia at the young age of 64! And our family have been through hell trying to get him the best care and assesment, and treatment the area is in desperate need for a unit like this and one day you or your family may need it! This disease is getting more common than ever and affects 1 in 3 of us later on in life it's all about getting the best care, and finding the right care for the dignity of the patient and there family I like many others would welcome this unit.
Tony wales you are an idiot! My father in law has dementia at the young age of 64! And our family have been through hell trying to get him the best care and assesment, and treatment the area is in desperate need for a unit like this and one day you or your family may need it! This disease is getting more common than ever and affects 1 in 3 of us later on in life it's all about getting the best care, and finding the right care for the dignity of the patient and there family I like many others would welcome this unit. Catty girl
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9:08pm Thu 26 Jun 14

TONY WALES says...

Catty girl wrote:
Tony wales you are an idiot! My father in law has dementia at the young age of 64! And our family have been through hell trying to get him the best care and assesment, and treatment the area is in desperate need for a unit like this and one day you or your family may need it! This disease is getting more common than ever and affects 1 in 3 of us later on in life it's all about getting the best care, and finding the right care for the dignity of the patient and there family I like many others would welcome this unit.
There is a world of difference between somebody who has dementia through no fault of their own by the effects of getting old naturally and the young drug users who will end up gaga by taking illegal drugs

One you cannot prevent......t the other is self inflicted
[quote][p][bold]Catty girl[/bold] wrote: Tony wales you are an idiot! My father in law has dementia at the young age of 64! And our family have been through hell trying to get him the best care and assesment, and treatment the area is in desperate need for a unit like this and one day you or your family may need it! This disease is getting more common than ever and affects 1 in 3 of us later on in life it's all about getting the best care, and finding the right care for the dignity of the patient and there family I like many others would welcome this unit.[/p][/quote]There is a world of difference between somebody who has dementia through no fault of their own by the effects of getting old naturally and the young drug users who will end up gaga by taking illegal drugs One you cannot prevent......t the other is self inflicted TONY WALES
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9:29pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Catty girl says...

Alzheimer's and dementia are in no way related to drug users or addicts you moron! And have got nothing to do with this project so keep your opinions to yourself until you have done your research and get your facts right ! Pleb!
Alzheimer's and dementia are in no way related to drug users or addicts you moron! And have got nothing to do with this project so keep your opinions to yourself until you have done your research and get your facts right ! Pleb! Catty girl
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10:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

bbgal says...

Lancashire care nhs trust should be ashamed of their ridiculous plan which has seen the closure of several specialist nhs dementia wards in lancashire. Now they have lost many experienced and dedicated staff, put large numbers of staff through redeployment having to leave and work in other areas and inconvenienced patients and their families. There is a bed shortage currently and patients are bring placed out of area seperate from their families. The consultation highlighted all these problems but it appears all Lancashire Care wanted was to privatise the service.
Lancashire care nhs trust should be ashamed of their ridiculous plan which has seen the closure of several specialist nhs dementia wards in lancashire. Now they have lost many experienced and dedicated staff, put large numbers of staff through redeployment having to leave and work in other areas and inconvenienced patients and their families. There is a bed shortage currently and patients are bring placed out of area seperate from their families. The consultation highlighted all these problems but it appears all Lancashire Care wanted was to privatise the service. bbgal
  • Score: 3

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