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Yarmouth and Waveney mental health bed cuts on the agenda

PUBLISHED: 06:30 24 July 2014

Protest outside Carlton Court Hospital in Carlton Colville.
Organised by Bob Blizzard.

Picture: James Bass

Protest outside Carlton Court Hospital in Carlton Colville. Organised by Bob Blizzard. Picture: James Bass

(C) Archant Norfolk 2013

Health chiefs in Great Yarmouth and Waveney will meet today to discuss the results of a public consultation into mental health bed cuts.

More than 1,000 people responded to a three month consultation run by HealthEast - the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for Yarmouth and Waveney - into proposals by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to reduce the number of acute and older people’s beds in the area.

Eighty percent of respondents rejected a plan reduce the number of acute beds at Northgate Hospital in Yarmouth and Carlton Court, near Lowestoft, from 28 to 20 and relocate onto one site. 78.4pc of respondents were against the plans to close older people’s and dementia wards at Carlton Court.

The mental health trust has come under fire this year for sending some patients outside of Norfolk and Suffolk because they had no available acute beds.

A final decision on bed numbers in Yarmouth and Waveney will be made in September.

The CCG will meet at its headquarters in Beccles at 1.30pm today.


  • They target the vunerable who cannot speak up themselves. Has anyone tried to get help within the mental health? Its bad now, if you are not mentally ill when you start trying to get help, you are by the time you finish. If you break a leg you have it fixed straight away, have a mental health problem and you get pushed from pillar to post with no-one seeming to bother or care. Iits bad now it is only going to get worse with these cuts, it is disgusting.

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    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • The bulk of them probably can't read the reports V even if they were bothered. Or they are too busy serving fish and chips to holiday makers or running coach trips. The figures for GYB, released by the ONS and taken from the last census show some parts have a very high elderly population. Then we have the evidence of our own eyes-those who live or move into the area who are obviously drug users with all the associated mental health problems. We know that the area is a magnet for those looking for cheaper accommodation, for those who have had turbulent lives and might need care. The north of the borough has seen one care home close, now to close dementia care when any fool can see that we will continue to be a magnet area for the retired from areas of more expensive housing is fool hardy. The evidence of proactive local government is very hard to find in GYBC.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • And not a peep from Yarmouth borough council. there should be, after all, after the elections, didnt Wainwright say that he and Plant were going to actually represent and talk to the people ?

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    Thursday, July 24, 2014

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