PRESS RELEASE

25 March 2015

Specialist hospital dementia care in Wiltshire to remain in Salisbury

Following an in-depth public consultation process, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (Wiltshire CCG) has made the decision to permanently locate 20 specialist hospital dementia care beds in Amblescroft South, Fountain Way, Salisbury.

These beds will provide short term hospital care for those people suffering with the most severe form of dementia, which in Wiltshire affects around 120 people a year, and who require a short period of treatment in a hospital setting.

The consultation, carried out by independent community champions, Healthwatch Wiltshire took into account the views and opinions of people with dementia, their carers, residents, volunteers, community groups and professionals around the county. Healthwatch Wiltshire delivered its report to Wiltshire CCG following the end of the consultation on 10 March 2015. Nearly three quarters (71%) of those consulted were in favour of continuing to provide specialist hospital dementia care from Amblescroft South, the current temporary location of specialist hospital dementia care in Wiltshire.

Chief Officer, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Deborah Fielding comments: “Dementia is a real and growing issue for the UK, which is why it’s so important that we get it right here in Wiltshire.

“We reviewed in detail all three of the proposed locations for specialist dementia care in Wiltshire against criteria which included, quality and continuity of service, proximity to an acute hospital, capital costs and the investment opportunity of surplus funds into enhancing dementia support across the county. This review, in conjunction with the views and thoughts contained in Healthwatch Wiltshire’s report led us to the conclusion that Amblescroft South, Fountain Way in Salisbury would be the most effective and efficient location for Wiltshire’s specialist hospital dementia care.

“Throughout the consultation process we have worked closely with our colleagues at Wiltshire Council and Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership Trust, who provide our dementia services in Wiltshire, to find the best solution which supports our joint seven year Dementia Care Strategy, whilst working within the constraints of the funding we have available.”

There are no planned changes to how the unit in Amblescroft South currently operates, patients will continue to receive high level specialist care for a short period of time whilst in crisis before being able to return to a community setting.

The three viable sites under consideration were Charter House in Trowbridge, Green Lane hospital in Devizes and Amblescroft South, Fountain Way in Salisbury. The report compiled by Healthwatch Wiltshire can be found at www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk and further information about each of the proposed options as well as information presented to Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body on 24 March can be found by visiting www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk.

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Notes for Editors:

  • Specialist dementia care beds for Wilshire patients are also available in St.Martin’s in Bath and the Victoria Centre in Swindon
  • NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the commissioner of health care services for the population of Wiltshire.       The CCG is led by local GPs who have first-hand experience of what their patients need.

The CCG consists of 58 GP member practices and works closely with local partners including Wiltshire Council, local NHS providers, patients and the public to manage existing NHS services and implement new services to ensure that high quality health and social care is delivered to the population as close to their home as possible. Further information can be found on the website www.wiltshireccg.nhs.uk

Further information:

Tracy Torr or Lynsey Thorp, Communications, NHS Wiltshire CCG.
T. 01380 736010 E. communications.wiltshireccg@nhs.net