Grantham loses mental health unit with patients facing trip elsewhere

The Sycamore Unit is no longer accepting new patients.
The Sycamore Unit is no longer accepting new patients.
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A MENTAL health unit in Grantham will be closed by health bosses who called it an “environmentally unsafe facility for patient care”.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust announced this week it will close admissions to the Sycamore Assessment Unit in Beacon Lane on the grounds of patient and staff safety.

Assessments will instead be carried out at Lincoln and Boston while the trust will also be seeking to deal with more people from their own home.

In a statement the trust said: “The unit in Grantham has been identified as an environmentally unsafe facility for patient care and this view has been acknowledged by the Care Quality Commission and endorsed by trust clinical staff.

“The trust will now be working with NHS Lincolnshire in considering the longer term future of mental health in-patient services in Grantham and any proposals will be subject to public consultation.”

Paul Carter of Grantham has used the unit off and on for 14 years. He said: “It’s going to be a great loss for a lot of people.

“I have been to a lot of institutions in my time and this is probably the safest one I’ve been in. It’s the staffing levels that’s the problem.”

The 41 members of staff have been told they will be offered different posts. Mr Carter paid tribute to the staff this week.

He said: “The staff here are absolutely brilliant and are sticking in to the end.”