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Unit could close to boost Solihull mental health frontline

THE Bruce Burns unit at Solihull Hospital could be closed following a shake-up of mental health services in the borough.

THE Bruce Burns unit at Solihull Hospital could be closed following a shake-up of mental health services in the borough.

Health chiefs are looking to move the unit, which cares for mental health patients, out of the hospital grounds to either a new hub in Solihull or another building.

The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is undertaking a review of the way mental health services are delivered in Solihull and has launched a public consultation. To cut costs, it is looking at different ways of delivering the service currently at the Bruce Burns unit.

The consultation reads: 'A significant amount of the money we spend on mental health services goes towards maintaining the premises which house them. We need to look at how we can reduce the amount spent on these buildings to strengthen frontline services.'

Solihulls MP Lorely Burt has raised concerns over the plans: "I am surprised they are looking at closing it. Clearly they have to have the best quality care but I do have concerns for the patients and carers," she said.

Dr Anand Chitnis, Chair of Solihull CCG, said: "This public consultation is focused on ensuring people in Solihull have access to high quality and modern mental health services that are fit for the future.

"However, we believe that services for Solihull people should be located in Solihull as much as possible."

Sheila Richards, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trusts interim director for strategic delivery, said: "The review is still ongoing, and is being led by Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, who are due to publish the findings early next year. It is our understanding that no decisions will be made until this has been completed."

To view the consultation, which runs until December 17, go to www.solihullccg.nhs.uk/modernmentalhealth.

 

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