Following the proposals to establish a Regional Secure Unit at the site of the Rothsay Hotel in Weyhill, Sir George contacted the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority, to see whether the local health service had plans to use the proposed RSU – and indeed the finances so to do.
“The reply which I have had back from the Chief Executive tells me that there is some concern within the local NHS as there appears to be no awareness or involvement of the planning application for a private secure hospital. He also tells me that the local Primary Care Trust have not allowed for a revenue stream for this proposed facility – in fact they are making other arrangements.”
The letter from Mr Cruddace is below:
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority
11 March 2005
Dear Sir George
Rothsay Hotel Site, Weyhill
Thank you for your letter of 22nd February 2005.
This issue has raised some concern within the local Health Economy as there appears to be no awareness or involvement of the planning application for a private secure hospital other than information which staff have picked up from the local press.
As a result, local Primary Care Trusts have not allowed for a revenue stream with this proposed facility. In fact we have quite the opposite locally.
In the second half of 2005/06 there is a new 23 bedded Low Secure NHS facility opening in Southampton which has been financed using, in the main, Strategic Health Authority Capital funds. This unit will enable patients who are currently in Ravenswood Medium Secure facility in Fareham to step down to a more appropriate facility.
These patient movements will further enable the transfer of high secure patients to be treated in Ravenswood rather than at regional units which are spread around the country. The Ravenswood unit has a catchment area which covers not only the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight populations but also patients living in South Wiltshire and all of Dorset.
There is another medium secure unit covering patients further to the West called Fomeside which will be expanding bed numbers from 30 to 80 in October 2005.
The new Low Secure Mental Health development in Southampton is in line with the local strategy to repatriate patients from high cost private providers which are out of the Hampshire area. Local Primary Care Trusts are committed to the revenue investment required for this local service.
It is true to say that until this new facility is open, access to low secure Mental Health services in Hampshire can lead to high cost placements in out of area establishments which are not always run by the NHS.
In summary, the NHS services which will be available locally in Hampshire within the next six months are expected to meet all or the vast majority of the demand for the resident population. This would lead me to suggest that demand for access to beds at the proposed site for Hampshire residents is likely to be at best minimal.