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West London NHS Trust seeks residents views on inpatient mental health services in Ealing including St Bernard’s Hospital

West London NHS Trust is inviting residents across Ealing to give their views on inpatient mental health services and what people want from them. The Trust  says existing facilities at St Bernard’s Hope and Horizon wards and Wolsey Wing are “not fit for delivering modern health services”. 

The consultation period, which is open until 13 January 2023, is asking service users, carers, patients and anyone who has thoughts on inpatient mental health services to take part which will help plan services for the future.

Due to the pandemic, the Hope and Horizon wards at St Bernard’s Hospital near Ealing Hospital have been suspended.  According to West London NHS Trust they already have had feedback on this from staff and patients but want to get more views to help shape plans.

Dr Chris Hilton, chief operating officer (local services), said: “We want to talk to you, and hear your views on inpatient mental health services in Ealing. So for 12 weeks we’re holding open talks to understand how we can best provide services in the future.”

Across sites in sites in Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham, West London NHS Trust provides a total of 239 adult inpatient mental health beds and the changes proposed are regarding 31 beds currently not being used at the Hope and Horizon wards in the Victorian-built St Bernard’s Hospital.

According to the Trust, the existing wards are out of date and don’t meet many of the requirements for modern care.

The Trust said in a statement: “There is poor ventilation, limited access to outdoor space and unsafe design elements, which could be used to cause harm. In particular, the Wolsey Wing, which was built more than 100 years before the NHS was founded, was deemed not fit for delivering modern health services.”

Over the next three months, there will be three online public events to find out more and are being held on

31 October, 12pm to 1.30pm
23 November, 10am to 11.30am
5 December, 5pm to 6.30pm

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