CLAIMS have been made mental health services in Warwick and Leamington will be lost to cost cutting measures.
South Warwickshire Keep Our NHS Public (SWKONP) say the only NHS mental health outpatient services across the district will be moved to Stratford under plans drawn up by Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust (CWPT) – which runs the service.
The claims are yet to be confirmed or denied by the trust.
The buildings which the group says are lined up to go include St Mary’s Lodge and Ashton House in Leamington, Warwick Rescource Centre and Whitnash Lodge based at Leamington Hospital.
SWKONP says under plans all staff and patients would be moved to Stratford.
It also says despite being unclear exactly how many patients would be affected, St Mary’s Lodge – which provides adult mental health care – holds around 200 appointments a week.
Group chair Anna Pollert said: “Mental health facilities are not just chunks of real estate. They cannot be sold off without major repercussions for the most vulnerable people.
“Mental health funding has already been cut to the bone. How can our communities be further starved of scare resources?”
St Mary’s Lodge provides adult mental health care, Whitnash Lodge is for those with learning disabilities and Ashton House and Warwick Resource Centre provide psychosis treatment.
Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust is yet to respond to our request for a comment.
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