Local Health campaigners presented a petition calling on Ealing’s NHS bosses to re-instate beds for adults and children who find themselves in mental health crisis.
A report from the campaign group Ealing Save Our NHS has highlighted concerns over plans to permanently close Hope and Horizon wards on the St Bernards Hospital site.
Eve Turner, Secretary of Ealing Save Our NHS said: “Hope and Horizon wards are the last two acute mental health wards in Ealing which can take for adults under 65. Closing them would be a loss of vital beds that the area can ill afford and it means adults in crisis being sent out of the borough away from their support networks. Children in severe crisis are already sent out of Ealing.”
She added “Ealing Save Our NHS regularly holds campaign stalls around the Borough and we have found huge concern over the shortage of mental health services. A thousand people have physically signed this petition, which we hope will focus the minds of the authorities. Suitable beds need to be re-opened urgently.”
The petition was presented to the West London NHS Trust, which is responsible for local Mental Health Services and a copy to Ealing Council, which is responsible for scrutinising the services.
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Ealing Save Our NHS report on the cuts proposals here: