Health trust will help patients in the Lowry

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THE trust that runs an older person’s mental health unit that could be closed said it will help its patients.

Solent NHS Trust runs the Lowry Centre at St James’ Hospital, Locksway Road, Portsmouth, which provides help for a range of conditions, such as dementia.

As reported, the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group which pays for the service is holding a consultation to close the centre.

This is because of a drop in referrals and other dementia provisions being available in the city.

Maggie Vilkas, service manager at Solent NHS Trust, said: ‘We appreciate that these proposed changes may be a cause of concern for some, but I would like to reassure all our patients and their carers that we will continue to support service users to ensure their needs are met – irrespective of the outcome of the consultation.

‘Of course, there may be changes to how and where people will be receiving services and we will be discussing all possible options with service users and those close to them, as appropriate.’

There are around 20 service users at the centre.

A decision on Lowry is due to be made in May.