Mental health plans

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 October 2007 | UPDATED: 21:49 29 May 2010

VITAL decisions concerning the future of West Essex PCT s provision of mental health services were made at a board meeting last week. Two new centres are to be created under the proposals. One will be a centre of expertise for older adults at St Margaret

VITAL decisions concerning the future of West Essex PCT's provision of mental health services were made at a board meeting last week.

Two new centres are to be created under the proposals.

One will be a centre of expertise for older adults at St Margaret's Hospital in Epping, which will include 32 assessment beds and a day hospital with 80 weekly places.

The other centre will be at the Derwent Centre in Harlow. The facility, for working-age adults, will incorporate the inpatient services currently provided in Epping, to enable patients to be closer to psychiatric intensive care and crisis teams.

The West Essex PCT's decision to reorganise its mental health service comes after extensive consultation to establish the best ways to improve provision.

Aidan Thomas, chief executive said quarterly reports would be made to the PCT board.

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