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PLANS to centralise mental health care units in Hampshire could see the closure of a facility in Fareham.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (SHFT) is reviewing the way adult mental heath care is delivered in the county.

The Trust has identified that in East Hampshire there are two centres – the Elmleigh hospital in Havant and The Meadows, in Sarisbury Green – when there only needs to be one.

Its favoured option would be to close The Meadows, which has 24 beds, and centralise services at Elmleigh – putting 57 jobs at risk.

Councillor Sean Woodward, the leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: ‘There appears to be no real argument against retaining The Meadows, which is based on a health campus along with a new community hospital.

‘The Meadows is a relatively new unit, which was purpose-built acute care home, only about 10 years ago.

‘To close a purpose-built centre would be regrettable.

‘While people are only in the building for a short stay, people do have relatives who will visit in Fareham but will then have to go to Havant.’

The Trust says Elmleigh is more accessible than The Meadows, and it also has a psychiatric intensive care unit, which would then need to be re-located. A six-week engagement process was launched earlier this month to gain people’s views. It ends on October 14 at midday.

An information session is to take place at Thorngate Halls, Gosport, on October 10, from 2pm to 4pm.

To find out more visit southernhealth.nhs.uk

· If you could be affected by the possible closure of The Meadows then contact reporter Priya Mistry. Call (023) 9262 2130 or email priya.mistry@thenews.co.uk.

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