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Investment in Mental Health at QE

Investment in Mental Health at QE

Published by KLFM
5:23pm 29th September 2014.

More staff are being recruited to look after people with mental health problems at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn

£365,000 has been invested.

It means people being taken to the hospital are able to get help sooner and go home, rather than have to be admitted to one of the very limited specialist beds.

It's also freed up mental health nurses who can now go out in to the community to treat people at home.

Claire Roberts, Associate Director of Patient Experience said:

"The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn has welcomed the additional investment as it has supported improvements in patient care both in the Emergency Department and on the wards. The additional capacity has strengthened the provision of timely assessment and treatment of patients with mental health needs and has improved access to consultant psychiatric advice for clinical staff caring for patients within the hospital."

Kathryn Ellis, West Norfolk CCG Director of Operations and Strategic Planning, said:

“The provision of high quality mental health services for patients in West Norfolk is a key priority for the CCG. The mental health liaison service at the QEH was commissioned last year through winter pressures monies and provides specialist mental health support to those patients arriving in A&E. The service employs a consultant psychiatrist as well as mental health practitioners and is available seven days a week. The service is delivered by both Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, and West Norfolk MIND, continuing the collaboration between local statutory and voluntary sector providers to provide sustainable healthcare services locally as part of the West Norfolk Alliance. The service helps ensure that patients are seen and treated in a timely way and the feedback has been very positive. As a result, West Norfolk CCG has agreed to continue to fund the service this year and looks forward to continuing working with local providers to further improve care for patients.”