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Public meetings to take place about proposed new mental health facility

By Amy_Downward  |  Posted: January 05, 2014

Public meetings to take place about proposed new mental health facility

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PUBLIC meetings about a proposed new mental health facility for adults at Neath Port Talbot Hospital will start this week.

Residents are being invited to comment on proposals for a state of the art acute mental health assessment facility for adults at Neath Port Talbot Hospital.

Public meetings will take place in Swansea Civic Centre on Wednesday, January 8; Heronston Hotel, Bridgend, on Monday, January 13; and in the Gwyn Hall, Neath on Wednesday, January 15.

All meetings start at 6.30pm.

At the moment urgent and emergency assessment services for adult mental health are provided at several sites across the ABMU area.

One of these, Cefn Coed Hospital, is one of the last Victorian-style psychiatric buildings in Wales and health officials say it needs replacing.

The health board has already carried out a public engagement exercise, Changing Mental Health Services for the Better.

This set out the challenges facing mental health services – and highlighted a future vision involving locally-based crisis services supported by a central mental health hospital for people who need a short period of treatment before returning home.

Paul Stauber, Director of Planning, said: “A project group was set up in 2012, with representation from ABMU, service user groups, voluntary organisations, the police and ambulance services, and local authorities.

“After discussing the options it was agreed a centralised mental health hospital was the best way forward, with Neath Port Talbot Hospital the preferred location.”

Consultation continues until February 3rd next year and the outcome of the consultation will be reported to the health board at its meeting in March.

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  • t150v  |  January 16 2014, 5:07PM

    Point 2 is absolutely correct but the reasons why NPTH isnt closing is that ABM cant get out of the PFI rental agreement for the building and equipment that is costing them about £7M a year on a year on year basis for 25 years, its also inflation linked. Anyway NPTH is entirely underused but to accommodate Mental Health Services there they have to build new as there has to be a degree of

  • ABM_Health  |  January 06 2014, 11:16AM

    Just to clarify that it's not true that this story was released on a Sunday. In fact, the information in the report was taken from a press release that ABMU sent to the Evening Post and other media on Thursday 12th December. Public meetings are being held in each of the three local authority areas in the ABMU area – Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend – as part of the consultation. A meeting for the Neath Port Talbot area will take place in the Gwyn Hall, Neath, next Wednesday, 15th January. We hope as many people as possible will attend and share their views with us. Can we also confirm, again, that ABMU has no intention of closing Neath Port Talbot Hospital, which continues to play a vital role, and where there has been considerable investment in a range of services.

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  January 05 2014, 9:58PM

    Nice trick. Release this story on a Sunday! I think people will find out that you are planning to close Neath-Port Talbot as a hospital and use it as a replacement for Cefn Coed though.

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  • point2  |  January 05 2014, 7:24PM

    come on ABM, why are you not holding a meeting in Port Talbot, is what you are doing legal? Are the people of Port Talbot residents? Who prefers the Port Talbot location? Why are you railroading this through. We want a fully functional A+E in port Talbot!

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