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Mill Lodge care home in Huntington set to close
A MENTAL health care home for the elderly is set to close to patients as part of a major change in the way such services are delivered in York.
Mill Lodge Community Unit for the Elderly (CUE) would be “vacated” under plans by Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Trust, and the focus shifted to reducing the number of people moving from their own homes or other care units.
Staff at the Huntington Road site would be redeployed to one of the trust’s three other homes in York, or would become part of a planned Nursing Home Team, whose job would be to lend specialist mental health care to regular nursing staff at other locations.
The team would also work to reduce the number of admissions by “releasing resource currently committed to inpatient facilities and reinvest in community based services”.
The trust is now set to launch a month long public consultation on the plan. However, members of City of York Council ’s Health Scrutiny committee have asked trust bosses to report to them in two months, amid concerns over the future of in-patients currently at Mill Lodge.
Tina Funnell, chairman of the committee, said: “We need definite evidence that there would be provision for these people. There needs to be a significant consultation.”
According to a report which went before the Scrutiny Committee this week, the partnership hopes the changes will reduce delayed discharges, or so-called “bed blocking”, where patients are left waiting to transfer from hospital care, such as that provided at Mill Lodge, to community or residential care.
The report said: “There will be fewer occasions when a vulnerable older person is required to move from their home to hospital, or between homes.
“This will improve health outcomes for those individuals and reduce their distress and that of their carers. “
It said: “In order to achieve this service improvement, we therefore propose to reconfigure the current inpatient community units. This will allow us to vacate Mill Lodge Community Unit for the Elderly, therefore inpatient services for older people will be consolidated into the remaining units: Meadowfields, Worsley Court and Peppermill Court.”