As we've said many times before, the closure of The Orchard to women doesn't just affect the women themselves. It affects their families and those around them. This email is from the husband of one service user from our area.
In 14 yrs of using of using mental health services this is the first
time I've heard of any spare capacity in the female inpatient provision
in Lancaster. It was always rare that a bed would be available for my
wife when admission was needed, and a regular occurrence that home leave
would lead to loss of a bed.
When my daughter was 3 years old we had to
travel to Kendal hospital for about 6 weeks using public transport,
that was difficult, costly and time consuming. Just recently my wife had
to be admitted to Burnley due to Lancaster having no spare beds.
resulted in poor care provision as the staff had no knowledge of her
personality prior to illness or of the best way to deal with her. They
then proceeded to discharge her before she had properly recovered
causing extreme distress to our family who then had to cope with the
aftermath of her actions.
All of this could have been avoided had local
care with those who know her been available, and easy access for her
family who have been very proactive in her care and recovery with daily
Let's just remind ourselves again that when Keith Dibble was asked "Do you accept that moving these women further away from their families and children could be damaging?" He replied "We believe not".
We are still telling you that it does. We have first hand experience that it does.
Start listening Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. You are failing in your duty of care to us and we will not go away.