Mental health intensive care unit to close at Sutton Hospital

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A unit that provides intensive support to the most vulnerable mental health patients from Mansfield and Ashfield is to close.

It first emerged that the future of the psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) at the Millbrook Mental Health Unit, based in the grounds of King’s Mill Hospital, in Sutton, was under threat in August.

And now papers set to be discussed by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s board on Thursday (October 26) revealed a decision has been made the close the unit.

A spokesman said: “The Lucy Wade PICU has over time become used less for its intended purpose - providing intensive psychiatric care for women who need it for short periods of time when their mental health problems have severely deteriorated.

“As a result, the service was being used to look after and care for women with personality disorders for lengthy periods of time, rather than the shorter intensive admissions it was designed for.

“Neither the environment nor the clinical model and interventions provided were appropriate for the needs of this group of patients.

“Following a clinical review it was also clear that the ward environment did not meet the best standards for providing intensive care.”

The spokeswoman said patients who remain at the unit will continue to be cared for until “appropriate placements” are found.

Once empty, the unit will be refurbished before it is reopened as an acute admissions ward.

Five of the trust’s 15 PICU beds were based at the unit. The remaining 10 are at Highbury Hospital, in Bulwell.

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