Bungalow for people with learning difficulties is to close

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A BUNGALOW providing care for people with learning difficulties is to shut because it is making a financial loss.

Tamerine, in Southwick Road, Denmead, is a four-bedroom facility that can offer short stays for people with moderate to severe learning disabilities so their families can have a break.

But the service has been making a loss of around £120,000 to £150,000 each year for the past four years.

It is run by TQ21, which runs the social care services for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

In the last financial year the trust overspent by £6.1m, and as a result, is reviewing all its services to see where it can put a stop to this overspend.

This is why Tamerine will close on December 20.

In total 23 families are using the service and have been told about the changes.

There are 10 members of staff who work at the bungalow, and they will be redeployed elsewhere in the trust.

Mark Morgan, director of operations for the trust, said: ‘We have been very straight with the families and told them the primary reason for the service closing is financial.

‘This has been losing money for a long time.

‘It is also not a service the trust must provide, so therefore we will have to close it.’

Commissioners will be holding one-to-one meetings will all families and will continue to do so on a two-month basis.