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Consultation looks at future of mental health care in Cardiff and the Vale

A public consultation has opened on proposed changes to community and inpatient mental health care in the Cardiff and Vale area.

Proposals put forward include the closure of inpatient facilities in Wales oldest psychiatric hospital, Whitchurch Hospital and a greater focus on community care across the region.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board want to move all inpatient psychiatric care to a unit in Llandough closing the current facility at Whitchurch Hospital in Cardiff.

Health officials say they have decided to invest in more community based care, following a “recovery model” instead of investing in a new building at the site.

Health officials are looking to close inpatient services in Whitchurch hopsital and move them to Llandough as part of a service shake-up

But mental health charity MIND Cymru has raised concerns about the choice of preferred location of inpatient services – saying that the Llandough site is too isolated to work properly in a community care based model.

The move comes after plans to build a £60m new mental health hospital at the site were postponed earlier this year.

The UHB agreed to conduct a review into mental health services in Cardiff and the surrounding areas in March in response to clinical concerns over plans to replace Whitchurch Hospital were put on hold.

Cardiff and Vale UHB say the moves will improve community-based and inpatient mental health services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

A spokesperson for the health board said: “Delivering Excellence in Adult Mental Health Services outlines proposals to ensure people who have mental health needs can receive their care as close to home as possible and, where needed, in modern facilities which have the needs of service users at their heart.”

The period of formal consultation runs for six weeks, from Friday, November 5 to Friday, December 17, 2010. The public consultation meeting dates are outlined below. For a copy of the consultation document go to: www.cardiffandvaleulhb.wales.nhs.uk

Date Venue Time
Tuesday, November 16 Meeting Room 1
Star Leisure Centre
Splott Road
CF24 2BZ
10am – 12pm
Wednesday, November 17 Barry Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall and Theatre
Gladstone Road
CF62 8NA
10am – 12pm
Tuesday, November 23 Board Room
UHB Headquarters
Whitchurch Hospital
Park Road
CF14 7XB
Tuesday, November 30 Board Room
Llandough Hospital
Penlan Road
Thursday, December 2 Rookwood Hospital
Main Recreation Hall
18-20 Fairwater Road
Tuesday, December 7 Glamorgan Suite
Barry Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall and Theatre
Gladstone Road
CF62 8NA
Thursday, December 9 Llanishen Leisure Centre
Ty-Glas Avennue
CF14 5EB

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