CAMPAIGNERS have been thrown a lifeline in their efforts to save The Patey Day Centre.
As previously reported, the service is based at Edinburgh House, in Cosham, Portsmouth, which is being demolished in the next two years to fund the building of a new residential home in Farlington. The city council intends to move the Patey service, which cares for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, before then to The Royal Albert Centre, which is in the south of the city.
Worried families who want to see a similar centre being kept in the north went to a meeting of the full council, with a petition containing 4,000 signatures, to see if they would be listened to.
It was there that the Lib Dems and Conservative groups presented similar proposals, which were adopted, that said the council should try to secure another service that’s funded and run by the private or voluntary sector in the next six months.
It has to be done in that time frame because the council’s contract with Care UK, which runs the Patey service on its behalf, is up after that.
Lead campaigner Ellie Savidge said: ‘I’m delighted that the council is actually acknowledging there is a real need for dementia provision in the north of the city.’
Portsmouth MP Penny Mordaunt also made a written deputaton urging the council to keep the premises until a long term plan is sorted.