Place of Safety (S136)

The place of safety is for people in extreme mental distress who are detained for their own safety and the safety of others under section 136 of the mental health act by the Police.

Under section 136 people can be detained for assessment for up to 72 hours.  However, this is usually done within a fraction of this time, enabling the person to receive the right treatment and care as quickly as possible.

Consultation on changes to Places of Safety in Wiltshire and Swindon

20 March - 16 June 2017

We need to change the way we deliver services to people who are taken to our Places of Safety under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 2007. The proposed change affects Places of Safety in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Our existing Places of Safety at Fountain Way Hospital in Salisbury, Green Lane Hospital in Devizes and Sandalwood Court in Swindon, which provide a total of three suites (one place in each), have been assessed as inadequate in terms of environment and staffing.

Service users, carers, families, voluntary and community groups, GPs, partner agencies, local people and other stakeholders can comment and feedback about the proposed change.

We identified four possible options. Three of the options have been evaluated as not feasible. We are consulting on the fourth option, which we believe would be both feasible and beneficial.

Please read the consultation paper, which sets out the reasons why we must make changes, the options, the reasons why options 1-3 are not feasible and the reasons why we believe option 4 would be feasible and beneficial.

We would be grateful if, having read and considered the consultation paper, you would let us know what you think by answering the questions set out in the document. You can do this in the ways described at the end of the document including:

This consultation is running for eleven weeks from 20 March 2017 to 16 June 2017.

S136 units

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