Summary of report contentHealthwatch Cumbria(HWC)was asked to independently assist Cumbria Partnership NHS CPFT in gathering community views on the proposed closure of the Kentmere mental health unit in Kendal. A survey was carried out and a drop in session was hosted. In total 319 people answered the survey euther on surveymonkey (on line) or at the drop in session. Summary of report findings were as follows: 80% of people who responded were from South Lakeland. Respondents of the survey do not want the Kentmere unit to close. 94% replied ‘No’ the question on whether they thought Kentmere should close. 87% of respondents were either somewhat or very satisfied with services at Kentmere. The main reasons against the closure of Kentmere were: Travel/ distance to alternative mental health services Lack of alternative service locally Concerns for peoples mental health if the unit closed andconcerns for their mental health if these individuals have to receive care outside of their local area The main ideas put forward as alternatives if Kentmere closes were: Providing an alternate facility locally. Either in another ward or create a new facility. Keep Kentmere open and make improvements to it. Improve community and crisis services Ensure that money is spent on alternate mental health provision Overall, the main view expressed is that people want Kentmere to remain open.
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Kentmere Mental Health Unit: Views on possible changes
Date of publication
Friday, 8 July, 2016
Date evidence capture began
Friday, 24 June, 2016
Date evidence capture finished
Friday, 8 July, 2016
Type of report
Building and facilities
Continuity of care
Quality of care
Healthwatch reference number
Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation?
What type of organisation requested the work
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner?
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Primary research method used
How was the information collected?
Secondary care services
Psychiatry/mental health (hospital services)
Mental health services
Psychiatry / mental health (other services)
Types of disabilities
Types of long term conditions
Mental health condition
Number of people who shared their views
All people 18 and over
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Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report?
Does the information contain a response from a provider?
Yes action has been taken or promised
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