Older people’s unit at St James’ Hospital closes

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A DAY unit for older people with mental health issues has now closed.

The Lowry Treatment Centre, in the grounds of St James’ Hospital, in Locksway Road, Milton, which was run by Solent NHS Trust, has been shut by commissioners.

As reported, the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group said it made the decision mainly because of the falling numbers using the service – and because of other existing community facilities across the city.

Recently there have only been 12 people using the service.

Dr Jim Hogan, the CCG’s lead, said: ‘We appreciate this is a very sad day for some – the people still using the service and the staff who are so highly valued by them for the work they have done. I would also like to add my thanks to those staff.

‘But there have been times when the unit has been empty, which is clearly not an effective way to spend the limited resources available to us – especially with the growth of other community services across Portsmouth.’

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Portsmouth include dementia cafes in the south and north of the city.