THE future of
a mental health inpatient unit in Bridlington could be in jeopardy after
health officials revealed "substantial investment" would be
needed to modernise it.
Buckrose Unit at Bridlington Hospital in Bessingby Road is run by Humber
NHS Foundation Trust and mainly funded by NHS East Riding of Yorkshire,
the county's primary care trust.
It has 12 adult beds and four alcohol detox beds.
The lease for the unit was due to expire next month, prompting concerns
from patients and hospital campaigners.
But the trusts said the lease has now been renewed for a further six months
and a decision over its future has not yet been made. A spokesman for
the trusts said: "Humber NHS Foundation Trust continually strives
to provide the best quality of services to the public and has been reviewing
its estates to ensure they all meet the national requirement to provide
single-sex accommodation, as well as value for money.
"In the case of Buckrose, we are aware this site only just meets
the single-sex accommodation requirements and would require substantial
investment to support modernisation."
The spokesman said any changes to the services at the unit would mean
moving in to a consultation period. He said: "The Secretary of State
has recently made it clear any plans for significant service change needs
the support of GP commissioners, that the public, patients and local authorities
need to be consulted, and that the changes should take account of and
support patient choice."
Angela Fargie, 54, of Bridlington, was treated at the unit earlier this
year. She said: "It will be appalling if the unit closes.
"The mental health unit here is the finest I have ever seen. If it
closed, it would be 100 per cent detrimental to Bridlington."
As reported in the Mail, the Thornton Ward at Bridlington Hospital is
to close "temporarily" after staff shortages prompted fears
over patient safety.
Humber NHS Foundation Trust
NHS East Riding Of Yorkshire