Brandon Lewis calls on Great Yarmouth residents to make their voices heard

I am calling on Great Yarmouth residents to respond to a public consultation by Health East – the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group. The consultation, which is running until 5pm on Thursday 24th April, will cover the following services:

  • Adult mental health services in Great Yarmouth and Waveney for people 18 and over with mental problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.
  • Dementia, in-patient and community services in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
  • Information and resource centres for patients and family carers in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

The consultation aims to understand the view of medical professionals, patients, family carers and the public on the following three proposals:

Proposal 1: Adult Mental Health Services
The proposal is to reduce the number of adult acute beds from 28 across two sites (Northgate Hospital and Carlton Court) to 20 beds at one of the two sites and to develop one enhanced crisis resolution and home treatment team to cover the whole Great Yarmouth and Waveney area.

Proposal 2: Dementia and Complex Care in Old Age Services
This proposal is to permanently close 12 dementia assessment beds at Larkspur Ward in Carlton Court and develop a dementia intensive support team who would work with patients within the community. The emphasis is on early detection and treatment for dementia.

Proposal 3: Information and Resource Centres
This proposal is to develop an information and resource centre to provide information, advice and support to people with dementia and mental health problems. The centre will include a dementia café in South Lowestoft potentially at The Poppies in Carlton Court.

Health East are holding two public meetings in the Great Yarmouth constituency for residents to learn more about the consultation:

Thursday 25th February, 10am – 12pm, The Garden Suite, Comfort Hotel, 14 Albert Square, Great Yarmouth

Wednesday 19th March, 6pm – 8pm, The Hall, The King’s Centre, Queen Anne’s Road, Southtown, Great Yarmouth

The full consultation document can be accessed by clicking here.

I would urge local residents to feed into this important consultation, which will have a big effect on adult and dementia mental health services in our area. Personally, I believe that Northgate is a fantastic facility that should receive the continued backing of Health East. I have concerns about the feasibility of Great Yarmouth residents travelling on public transport all the way to Carlton Court to visit their loved ones, which would require a number of bus changes and a great deal of time. There are, obviously, good arguments for the use of both centres – I hope that Great Yarmouth residents will make their voices heard in this consultation to get the best possible deal for our area.