New inpatient unit for new mums

New mothers with serious mental health problems will be able to receive specialist inpatient help closer to home when Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT opens the region’s first dedicated mother and baby mental health unit.

The eight-bed unit - which will ensure mums and their newborns can stay together while the mother is receiving acute psychiatric care - will be based at Hellesdon Hospital, in Norwich. Due to open in 2018, it will take referrals from across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, as well as other parts of the country.

Mental health acute capacity review

An independent report exploring initiatives aimed at relieving the pressure on local mental health beds has been published in full.

The independent review was jointly commissioned by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT (NSFT) and the NHS clinical commissioning groups in Norfolk and Waveney in response to increasing demands on mental health services. This has resulted in some patients needing to be sent for inpatient care out of the local area at times of high pressure.

NSFT has made it a priority to reduce the number of out of area placements of its patients but as demand for all Trust services has increased - in 2015-16, NSFT saw 22,000 more patients than in 2012-13 - OOAs have also increased.
 

Advice clinics at the doctor's

Cotman Senior Support at the Doctors Team 1People over the age of 60 in Norwich who would like a little extra help with housing issues or their benefits are being invited to use an advice service based in two GP surgeries.

Cotman Housing Association is running a pilot scheme called “Senior Support at the doctors” from both Lionwood Surgery and St Stephens Gate surgery. Trained advisors are running clinics that people can just ‘walk in’ and ask about, make an appointment or be referred by their GP or nurse.

The sort of things they can help with include housing, adaptations at home to make everyday living easier and safer, advice on getting help at home, benefits, care alarms and making new friends or finding new things to do for a fulfilling life. The overall aim is to help people keep independent at home and reduce loneliness.

Special event asks “what can you do?”

People from across Norfolk and Waveney will be encouraged to plan for their future, speak openly to their loved ones about death and make dying well a natural part of a good life at a special event next week.

Taking place at The Forum in Norwich on Tuesday 9 May, the drop-in event has been organised to tie in with national Dying Matters awareness week, which this year has the theme “what can you do?”