Bootham Park Hospital facing uncertain future

Bootham Park Hospital.

Bootham Park Hospital.

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THE future of Bootham Park Hospital looks uncertain after health commissioners said they may be able to demolish and rebuild sections of it.

It was stated in April that Bootham Park Hospital would have to be replaced after Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors said it was no longer adequate for modern mental health care.

Patients were due to move out of Bootham in to Peppermill Court, off Huntington Road, and Cherry Tree House in Tang Hall as an interim measure - a suggestion understood to have caused concern among staff.

Now discussions with English Heritage have indicated newer parts of the Grade I-listed Bootham Park Hospital could be pulled down or altered to allow the building to be made suitable for modern health care needs. It had originally been thought planning rules would prevent this.

Other possibilities also being considered include building a new mental health hospital on land owned by The Retreat, City of York Council's health overview and scrutiny committee has been told.

Dr Mark Hayes, the chief clinical officer for Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group, told the meeting that English Heritage were keen the building continued to be used for health care.

While he admitted the current situation was "not ideal", Dr Hayes said: "In the medium term you will have a new facility which is something we have been talking about in the city for quite some time."

Meanwhile, inpatients at Lime Trees – a mental health unit for children and young people also found to be unsuitable by inspectors - are to move into Mill Lodge in Huntington Road within the next six months in a move which may be permanent.

While the empty elderly people's unit has been modernised in recent times, some £1 million in total is likely to be required from NHS England to make suitable for young patients, the meeting heard.

Cllr Julie Gunnell said in response: "I'm pleased that if Lime Trees is not fit for purpose, that action is going ahead to address this."

Other services for children and young people will remain at the current Lime Trees site.

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9:43am Fri 4 Jul 14

Dr Brian says...

The facilities for elderly mental health sufferers in York are being eroded further. A few years ago Acomb Gables was a Community Unit for the Elderly who suffered mental health issues. It was closed and younger patients were moved in. Cherry Tree House and Mill Lodge were similar units. They have closed and it appears a younger age group is moving into Mill Lodge. Peppermill Court, as reported in the press recently, another unit for the elderly is also to close.

We read daily that more and more elderly people are suffering dementia and that the government is going to act. But it appears that message is falling on deaf ears in York as more and more units close.

Not only did these Elderly Community Units provide care homes but they also provided respite beds and day hospitals for mentally ill patients who were out patients. This meant the carers of elderly people suffering dementia to have a few hours / weeks break. Those facilities have long gone and with them the chance for the forgotten unpaid carers to have some precious time to themselves without worrying about their loved ones.

Mental Health Care in this city is a disgrace and those responsible (no doubt on huge salaries) should hang their heads in shame for allowing this situation to develop.
The facilities for elderly mental health sufferers in York are being eroded further. A few years ago Acomb Gables was a Community Unit for the Elderly who suffered mental health issues. It was closed and younger patients were moved in. Cherry Tree House and Mill Lodge were similar units. They have closed and it appears a younger age group is moving into Mill Lodge. Peppermill Court, as reported in the press recently, another unit for the elderly is also to close. We read daily that more and more elderly people are suffering dementia and that the government is going to act. But it appears that message is falling on deaf ears in York as more and more units close. Not only did these Elderly Community Units provide care homes but they also provided respite beds and day hospitals for mentally ill patients who were out patients. This meant the carers of elderly people suffering dementia to have a few hours / weeks break. Those facilities have long gone and with them the chance for the forgotten unpaid carers to have some precious time to themselves without worrying about their loved ones. Mental Health Care in this city is a disgrace and those responsible (no doubt on huge salaries) should hang their heads in shame for allowing this situation to develop. Dr Brian
  • Score: 33

11:00am Fri 4 Jul 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Think action not talk,

Do manager's whether Chief of this or that, English Heritage refer back after 6 months , Patients are still in the predicament of been unaware, no doubt staff confused, and I take it NO ONE sure this **** or inevitable.
Think action not talk, Do manager's whether Chief of this or that, English Heritage refer back after 6 months , Patients are still in the predicament of been unaware, no doubt staff confused, and I take it NO ONE sure this **** or inevitable. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -3

4:34pm Fri 4 Jul 14

nomorenursing says...

Dr Brian wrote:
The facilities for elderly mental health sufferers in York are being eroded further. A few years ago Acomb Gables was a Community Unit for the Elderly who suffered mental health issues. It was closed and younger patients were moved in. Cherry Tree House and Mill Lodge were similar units. They have closed and it appears a younger age group is moving into Mill Lodge. Peppermill Court, as reported in the press recently, another unit for the elderly is also to close.

We read daily that more and more elderly people are suffering dementia and that the government is going to act. But it appears that message is falling on deaf ears in York as more and more units close.

Not only did these Elderly Community Units provide care homes but they also provided respite beds and day hospitals for mentally ill patients who were out patients. This meant the carers of elderly people suffering dementia to have a few hours / weeks break. Those facilities have long gone and with them the chance for the forgotten unpaid carers to have some precious time to themselves without worrying about their loved ones.

Mental Health Care in this city is a disgrace and those responsible (no doubt on huge salaries) should hang their heads in shame for allowing this situation to develop.
I agree totally with Dr Brian's comments. I remember very well around 12 years ago a memo sent to all the Community Unit managers that they had to state explicitly to the families of any new admissions that the placements were for 'assessment only' and NOT A BED FOR LIFE.' Many families were confused and upset about the arrangement, and since then we have seen the closure of most of these units that specialised in elderly mental illness. The burden is now placed almost entirely on the private health sector, and they are not equiped to deal with this as they are all about making a profit and employing staff on the cheapest budget available. We have all seen the recent Press reports of CQC action against Nursing Homes that continually fail to provide adequate care, this NEVER happened in the Community Units. All the present government is doing is to respond in a 'knee-jerk' reaction and bring in a new Act to make Care Homes train their staff more appropriately. I dont really see this working too well as most Care Home companies now tend to do their training 'in-house' or give their employees 'long distance' learning modules to do at home in there own time, and again, with very little reward. 'Hands-on' experience is sadly lacking in the private health care setting and this is what is really needed to make the Care Home sector a lell of a lot better.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Brian[/bold] wrote: The facilities for elderly mental health sufferers in York are being eroded further. A few years ago Acomb Gables was a Community Unit for the Elderly who suffered mental health issues. It was closed and younger patients were moved in. Cherry Tree House and Mill Lodge were similar units. They have closed and it appears a younger age group is moving into Mill Lodge. Peppermill Court, as reported in the press recently, another unit for the elderly is also to close. We read daily that more and more elderly people are suffering dementia and that the government is going to act. But it appears that message is falling on deaf ears in York as more and more units close. Not only did these Elderly Community Units provide care homes but they also provided respite beds and day hospitals for mentally ill patients who were out patients. This meant the carers of elderly people suffering dementia to have a few hours / weeks break. Those facilities have long gone and with them the chance for the forgotten unpaid carers to have some precious time to themselves without worrying about their loved ones. Mental Health Care in this city is a disgrace and those responsible (no doubt on huge salaries) should hang their heads in shame for allowing this situation to develop.[/p][/quote]I agree totally with Dr Brian's comments. I remember very well around 12 years ago a memo sent to all the Community Unit managers that they had to state explicitly to the families of any new admissions that the placements were for 'assessment only' and NOT A BED FOR LIFE.' Many families were confused and upset about the arrangement, and since then we have seen the closure of most of these units that specialised in elderly mental illness. The burden is now placed almost entirely on the private health sector, and they are not equiped to deal with this as they are all about making a profit and employing staff on the cheapest budget available. We have all seen the recent Press reports of CQC action against Nursing Homes that continually fail to provide adequate care, this NEVER happened in the Community Units. All the present government is doing is to respond in a 'knee-jerk' reaction and bring in a new Act to make Care Homes train their staff more appropriately. I dont really see this working too well as most Care Home companies now tend to do their training 'in-house' or give their employees 'long distance' learning modules to do at home in there own time, and again, with very little reward. 'Hands-on' experience is sadly lacking in the private health care setting and this is what is really needed to make the Care Home sector a lell of a lot better. nomorenursing
  • Score: 5

8:47pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Minstermummy says...

Always the most vulnerable affected most
Disgusting !
Always the most vulnerable affected most Disgusting ! Minstermummy
  • Score: 5

3:25pm Sun 6 Jul 14

anistasia says...

Again the ones that need the care affected again they said a few months ago bootham hospital is not fit for purpose.other places would have to be found or built somewhere else.I say keep the building as it is and build on to the old building where the nurses homes used to be got to be cheaper the hospital/ health authority already owns the site.if a patients find it a place of safety because its somewhere they know keep it as it is.or is it money over care yet again.its one of only
2 hohospitals used today for the purpose they were built and opened in 1777 something to be proud about.we've lost county hospital, st.Mary's, city,fever hospitals.everyone wants to use care in the community good service for some not for all.think of the vaunrable first.
Again the ones that need the care affected again they said a few months ago bootham hospital is not fit for purpose.other places would have to be found or built somewhere else.I say keep the building as it is and build on to the old building where the nurses homes used to be got to be cheaper the hospital/ health authority already owns the site.if a patients find it a place of safety because its somewhere they know keep it as it is.or is it money over care yet again.its one of only 2 hohospitals used today for the purpose they were built and opened in 1777 something to be proud about.we've lost county hospital, st.Mary's, city,fever hospitals.everyone wants to use care in the community good service for some not for all.think of the vaunrable first. anistasia
  • Score: 2

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