Campaigners have six months to save Patey Centre

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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.

Ellie Savidge holds the petition that has been signed by thousands of supporters who are against plans to close the Patey Day Centre in Cosham. Fellow supporters Mark Trapani and Jackie Martin-Corben with her daughter Josie (18thms), show their support outside the centre in Cosham.
Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14107-8)
Ellie Savidge holds the petition that has been signed by thousands of supporters who are against plans to close the Patey Day Centre in Cosham. Fellow supporters Mark Trapani and Jackie Martin-Corben with her daughter Josie (18thms), show their support outside the centre in Cosham. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14107-8)

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.

 

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