18 December 2015
Good news for Swindon patients
Mental health service users in Swindon are getting better
care, following a major review of services in the area by Avon and
Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP).
All people with severe mental health conditions are now being
treated locally and the waiting time for assessments at Swindon
memory clinic has been dramatically reduced.
Up to April of this year, due to a high occupancy of beds, some
service users were sent out of area for care; as far away as London
or York, making it difficult for family, friends and carers to
provide support and see their loved ones. Patients with memory
problems had to wait up to 9 months for an assessment by the
Swindon memory service.
Following the review of acute mental health care across Swindon
and a waiting list initiative, all patients with specialist mental
health needs are being treated locally and patients with memory
problems are being offered an assessment within 4 weeks.
Newlands Anning AWP's Interim Managing Director of Swindon said
"All the teams across Swindon have worked phenomenally hard to
focus on the pressures of accessing mental health services and
improving patient flow. I am very proud of what has been
achieved and that we now offer a much improved patient