Mental Health patients traveling for care.

Patients in England are having to travel out of their local area because of lack of Hospital beds.

Studies show that nearly 5,500 Mental Health patients in England had to travel out of their area last year because of a lack of hospital beds.

Some patients had to travel nearly 300 miles.

Statistics state that the figures, are 13% higher than last year.

This is not acceptable for patients and should be stopped, sooner rather than later.

Being sent out of area for treatment means a patient being cared for in a unit within a locality not run by the local health care trust/authority, to whose care they are under.

Experts say that sending people away can increase the risk of suicide.

These figures, show the problem is getting worse.

Bed occupancy in inpatient facilities is frequently well above recommended levels, with community services, in particular crisis resolution and home treatment teams, often unable to provide sufficient levels of support to compensate for reductions in beds. This is having a negative impact on safety and quality of care.

 

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If you suffer with any type of mental health disorder and require further advice or assistance please do not hesitate to contact one of our Mental Health Team at anyone of our offices.  Boston, Spalding, Lincoln, Sleaford, Grantham and Newark.

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