What are we consulting on?
Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Wiltshire Council are consulting on the future permanent location of specialist dementia hospital care in Wiltshire.
As the providers, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) are supporting the consultation.
At times of crises, a small number of people with severe dementia (usually no more than 120 people over a year in Wiltshire) require admission to a specialist dementia hospital during a severe phase of their illness. Specialist dementia hospital care forms part of the advanced dementia care pathway. It refers to those specialist services that may be needed by a small number of people who have severe dementia and require high levels of specialist care.
This period of assessment, treatment and stabilisation, for up to 84 days (on average), is provided by healthcare professionals with specialist knowledge of dementia and the impact it can have on people’s lives.
Where is specialist dementia hospital care being provided?
Since February 2013, all specialist dementia hospital care (20 specialist dementia beds) in Wiltshire has been provided on a temporary basis at Amblescroft South, Fountain Way, Salisbury. Before that there were 24 specialist dementia beds in Charterhouse, Trowbridge and 10 in Amblescroft, Salisbury.
Wiltshire CCG, Wiltshire Council and AWP have identified three potential locations in Wiltshire for the specialist dementia hospital services to be located: