Plans to change adult health care unveiled

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VIEWS are being sought on plans to change the way adult mental health care is provided in Hampshire.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (SHFT) has launched a six-week engagement process, proposing an increase in home treatment and developing other measures to support people outside of hospital.

It also outlines plans to cut the number of in-patient beds from 165 to 117 in the county – but there will be no reduction in the number of psychiatric intensive care beds.

Katrina Percy, chief executive of the SHFT, said: ‘There has been a significant move away from treating people with mental health problems in hospitals.

‘It is now felt that in many cases, care is much more appropriate in community facilities or even at home.

‘This view is shared by mental health experts and patients alike. Care is now more focused on the individual and their specific needs.’

A number of public meetings have been scheduled for people to find out more information.

The first meeting will be on September 29 at the Fareham United Reformed Church, Osborn Road, Fareham, from 6pm to 7.15pm.

Another takes place on October 3, at the Waterlooville Community Centre, Maurepas Way, Waterlooville, from 2pm to 4pm.

The engagement process ends on Friday, October 14 at midday.

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