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Local MP Sees First-Hand How Mental Health Patients are Cared For

MP Chris White made a fact finding visit to mental health services in his constituency recently.

On Friday 3rd August, the MP for Warwick and Leamington Spa made a number of planned stops throughout the morning visiting various inpatient units run by Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.

Initially Mr White spent time talking with patients and staff at St Michael’s Hospital, and was shown around the three inpatient wards by Becky Nash, Ward Manager at the hospital.

St Michael’s caters for adult mental health patients from across Stratford-upon-Avon, Leamington Spa and Warwick who require dedicated nursing and medical treatment in an acute setting to aid their recovery. The unit has three wards, with one being a Psychiatric Intensive Care ward which supports patients who need a higher level of observation and support generally.

The group went onto visit another two units, the newly opened Aspen Centre for Eating Disorders, situated on the Warwick Hospital site. The 15 bedded unit caters for people from across Coventry and Warwickshire and can support patients from outside the region with various degrees of eating disorder conditions. Mr White had opportunity to talk with a number of staff members including Irene Moulsdale and Sinead Murray, both Deputy Ward Manager at the unit, about the services and the treatments available.

Finally Mr White visited Yew Tree House in Leamington Spa, the main hub for Crisis Home treatment teams across Leamington Spa and Warwick. The Leamington Spa site is one of five sites across Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Crisis teams are multidisciplinary with dedicated nursing, social care and psychiatric support, there to give the necessary support to people who are in need of help and can offer home treatment as an alternative to hospital admission. Enabling people to be treated in an environment they are comfortable in and with the minimum of disruption to their lives.  

The team will support existing and new patients who may need more intensive support; however they can be part of a patient’s recovery programme for several weeks once they leave from a hospital stay.
Throughout the morning Mr White was joined by David Allcock, Interim Chief Executive and Nigel Barton, Mental Health Operations Director as they attended the various sites.
Mr White commented on his visits: “I would like to pay tribute to the professionalism and dedication of the staff at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust. Good mental health services are important for our local community and I was grateful for the opportunity to see first-hand the work that is being done to give support to local residents.”

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