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SALFORD MENTAL HEALTH BED WARD TO BE AXED AT MEADOWBROOK
 

Star date: 6th December 2013

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MEADOWBROOK PATIENTS SHOVED INTO MIXED WARD AS MEN'S FACILITY IS AXED

Male mental health patients at Meadowbrook are to have their single sex Riley ward axed, as male and female patients will be forced to share the Eagleton ward.

Trade union, UNISON, which represents staff at the hospital have slated the proposals as "not good for patients or their families" and say they will oppose the move. There is a Public Meeting to campaign against mental health service cuts in Bolton tomorrow.

Full details here…


Salford Mental Health Bed Cuts Protests
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The all male Riley ward at Meadowbrook is to close and ten beds from the facility are to be encompassed into the mixed sex Eagleton ward, in the latest round of cuts to mental health services in Salford and Bolton.

Even though there will be no job losses, trade union UNISON, which represents workers at the Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust today slated the move…

"We are already at 98% occupancy, and losing over fifty mental health beds in Bolton, Salford and Trafford could push the service into crisis, even if comunity services are expanded" said James Gold, UNISON branch secretary

"1500 mental health beds have closed in England in the last two years" he added "Nationally we are in crisis. Greater Manchester West Mental Health Trust's proposals are not good for patients or their families. Staff are telling us they will oppose these proposals. This Government needs to give its mental health services the money we need to provide decent care."

The move towards more mixed sex wards goes against recent good practice
which has seen the NHS provide more same sex wards in hospitals. But Gill Green, Director of Nursing and Operations for Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, argued that it was in line with national guidelines and didn't deny that the ward closure cuts were going ahead…

"The Care Quality Commission defines single sex accommodation as men and women being cared for in separate bays or rooms and having their own toilet facilities" she explained "Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has eliminated mixed sex accommodation in our organisation but does have mixed sex wards and is fully complainant with strict Department of Health national guidelines."

Tomorrow, Saturday 7th December, there is a public campaign meeting at the Lancaster Suite at Bolton Town Hall, between 12noon and 1:30pm to discuss the cuts.

"We believe bed closures would be harmful for patients" campaigners state "Current occupancy rate in Bolton is 98%. The government believes 85% is a safe occupancy rate. Already we are 13% over-occupied. This would only get worse if beds closed. Patients and their families would have to travel miles. It would prolong recovery, reduce access to leave, reduce contact with family and friends.

"The ConDem Government  has cut NHS funding by 5% every year, whilst  expecting Trusts to provide the same service. This is impossible" they add "We believe that money should be returned to the NHS and that Greater Manchester West NHS Trust should refuse to pass on these cuts and keeps a full, local service."

See also previous Salford Star article: Salford Protests Against Mental Health Bed Cuts - click here

sonia martin wrote
at 1:08:49 AM on Sunday, April 24, 2016
I have stayed at meadowbrook as an in patient on eagleton ward and there wasn't enogh privacy with it being a mixed ward/
 
not happy wrote
at 3:11:01 PM on Sunday, December 8, 2013
Taken from the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Sunday 08 December 2013 So what’s happened to change there minds. I think the patients in Meadowbrook are the most vulnerable in the hospital yet the trust in there wisdom are closing a men’s ward and making a mixed ward yet they say they are proud to confirm that mixed sex accommodation has been eliminated so why change now they say there’s no job losses so what’s the catch privet mental health wards may be something going on but they are not saying yet Declaration of compliance 2013/14 We are proud to confirm that mixed sex accommodation has been eliminated in hospital and our intermediate care homes. We aim to provide the highest possible standards of privacy and dignity to all patients. If you have to stay in hospital for treatment you will be placed in single sex accommodation whenever possible, unless your clinical needs take priority. As a patient you deserve privacy and you deserve to be treated with dignity Further information on our work to deliver single sex accommodation Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to confirm that we are compliant with the Government’s requirement to eliminate mixed-sex accommodation, except when it is in the patient’s overall best interest, or reflects their personal choice. Question Why is same-sex accommodation important? Answer Patients have told us that being in same-sex accommodation makes a big difference to how comfortable and relaxed they feel while they’re in hospital. Having to share accommodation with members of the opposite sex can have a negative impact on people’s privacy and dignity at a time when they may already be feeling vulnerable. Some patients also have cultural or religious reasons for not wanting to share accommodation with members of the opposite sex.
 
Paul Gerrard wrote
at 11:19:57 AM on Saturday, December 7, 2013
I attended the meeting along with a Meadowbrook staff member and Steve Cullen of the USUC campaign. We had a very good meeting with 30 present and Salford, Bolton and Trafford sites all represented. Everything UNISON says above is true, and more, and it is by no means certain that all jobs are safe, as notice of potential redundancies has been given. We will fight these proposals and we urge Salford and Bolton Councillors to represent their constituents and 'call in' these shameful proposals, as they are entitled to do. Either way there will be a public meeting in Salford in the New Year and a demonstration in Eccles in March, before the 'consultation' ends.
 
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