Major redesign at Plymouth unit to 'improve' health services
A PROPOSED overhaul of a mental health unit aims to end "inappropriate" assessment of crisis patients in police stations.
A major redesign of the 44-bed Glenbourne unit would improve care, privacy and dignity, health chiefs say.
A draft plan proposes reducing the number of beds to 36 to make space for single-sex wards and individual bedrooms.
The plans also propose creating a 'place of safety suite' to assess patients detained under the Mental Health Act who need immediate help due to mental disorders.
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The Plymouth Community Healthcare (PCH) proposal document states: "These assessments are currently being undertaken at Charles Cross Police Station and this situation is felt to be both unsatisfactory and inappropriate."
The papers state a place of safety was created at Glenbourne in 2009, but shut in February this year due to staffing levels and inappropriate location within the unit.
David McAuley, of Plymouth Community Healthcare, said the proposed investment would enable services to improve and expand.
He said: "Due to the layout and limitations of the building, this would mean a small reduction in the number of beds that we are able to provide.
"It is proposed that through working more efficiently and investing in community services, this reduction would be accommodated."
He said PCH are seeking the views of service users, carers, partners and clinicians over the plans.
The document will be discussed by Plymouth City Council's health overview and scrutiny panel on Thursday.