Health bosses vote to permanently close Acer Ward

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
5:16 PM

ACER Ward will not be reopened after health chiefs voted to “transform” mental health services in Cambridgeshire at a meeting today (Wednesday).

The board of NHS Cambridgeshire and NHS Peterborough voted through the proposals at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely this morning, despite overwhelming objection from patients of the Hinchingbrooke Hospital ward, their relatives and carers. More than 2,000 members of the public signed a petition against the closure of the ward, which was Huntingdonshire’s only inpatient mental health facility. It was closed “temporarily” in October after the National Clinical Advisory Team advised NHS Cambridgeshire that it was unsafe – because 14 out of 33 jobs on the ward were vacant.

A spokesman for NHS Cambridgeshire said the board endorsed proposals to combine inpatient wards for adults, “to ensure that any patient who requires admission to an in-patient ward receives their care in a modern and purpose-built setting”.

Cathy Mitchell, director of integrated commissioning said: “Even if Acer Ward were to be refurbished to modern standards, the unit would only be about half-full because many more people nowadays can be safely cared for in their own homes. It would not be possible to provide a modern recovery-oriented service safely to such a relatively isolated site.”

One of the issues raised during the consultation was the difficulty people would have in travelling to Peterborough if Acer Ward was closed, therefore the board agreed to support a travel fund to assist with this.


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  • What a crying shame! Cambridgeshire health bosses have made utterly the wrong decision with regard to Acer Ward. Someone once said that leaders do the right thing and managers do the thing right. Cambs health bosses are failing on both counts on this issue.

    Overwhelmingly local people want access to local acute in-patient psychiatric treatment. The transport fund, while helping some people, will not alleviate the time deficit that carers, family and friends face when trying to visit relatives who may need hospitalisation and will be taken to Peterborough.

    This decision will only lead to further stress and anxiety for local people with acute mental health needs and their carers, family and friends.

    As one of the outcomes that the Trust are already in choppy waters over following the Care Quality Commission’s damaging report (quite apart from the current critical concerns that Monitor have over governance) is ‘Outcome 1: Respecting and involving people who use services’. The Trust and now NHS Cambs and Peterborough Board have failed miserably to listen to the very real issues faced by acute service users, their carers and supporters.

    Campaigners will undoubtedly continue until our voices get not only heard, but respected, valued and acted on.

    This is OUR NHS and mental health is as vital as physical health. Access to local emergency treatment is vital for all of us.

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    Thursday, March 29, 2012

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  • What a crying shame! Cambridgeshire health bosses have made utterly the wrong decision with regard to Acer Ward. Someone once said that leaders do the right thing and managers do the thing right. Cambs health bosses are failing on both counts on this issue.

    Overwhelmingly local people want access to local acute in-patient psychiatric treatment. The transport fund, while helping some people, will not alleviate the time deficit that carers, family and friends face when trying to visit relatives who may need hospitalisation and will be taken to Peterborough.

    This decision will only lead to further stress and anxiety for local people with acute mental health needs and their carers, family and friends.

    As one of the outcomes that the Trust are already in choppy waters over following the Care Quality Commission’s damaging report (quite apart from the current critical concerns that Monitor have over governance) is ‘Outcome 1: Respecting and involving people who use services’. The Trust and now NHS Cambs and Peterborough Board have failed miserably to listen to the very real issues faced by acute service users, their carers and supporters.

    Campaigners will undoubtedly continue until our voices get not only heard, but respected, valued and acted on.

    This is OUR NHS and mental health is as vital as physical health. Access to local emergency treatment is vital for all of us.

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    Sam

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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  • What a crying shame! Cambridgeshire health bosses have made utterly the wrong decision with regard to Acer Ward. Someone once said that leaders do the right thing and managers do the thing right. Cambs health bosses are failing on both counts on this issue.

    Overwhelmingly local people want access to local acute in-patient psychiatric treatment. The transport fund, while helping some people, will not alleviate the time deficit that carers, family and friends face when trying to visit relatives who may need hospitalisation and will be taken to Peterborough.

    This decision will only lead to further stress and anxiety for local people with acute mental health needs and their carers, family and friends.

    As one of the outcomes that the Trust are already in choppy waters over following the Care Quality Commission’s damaging report (quite apart from the current critical concerns that Monitor have over governance) is ‘Outcome 1: Respecting and involving people who use services’. The Trust and now NHS Cambs and Peterborough Board have failed miserably to listen to the very real issues faced by acute service users, their carers and supporters.

    Campaigners will undoubtedly continue until our voices get not only heard, but respected, valued and acted on.

    This is OUR NHS and mental health is as vital as physical health. Access to local emergency treatment is vital for all of us.

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    Sam

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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