18 December 2015

Good news for Swindon patients

Swindon good newsMental 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 experience."





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