A proposal to reduce the number of mental health beds in ward
11 at Wakari Hospital is still ''under development'', the
Southern District Health Board says.
Ward 11 caters for people who require stabilisation beyond
their stay in either the inpatient facility or locked unit.
Last year, the board began consultation with staff on a
proposal to cut ward 11 beds from 24 to 12.
The cuts were proposed as part of the board's new ''Raise
Hope'' mental health strategy for 2012-15 which aimed to
create better health outcomes by preventing mental illness
and addiction, intervening early when it occurs, and by
providing targeted, effective interventions for people who
needed them, delivered within their communities where
Board Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability
directorate nursing director Heather Casey said ongoing work
was being completed looking at the health needs of people who
were likely to need community-based care in the future, as
this would determine what community-based services were
required. The board was working with providers to ensure
correct support was put in place as the number of beds was
reduced, she said.
''The consultation process will further this work as
consultation will be across the sector, and service gaps and
Patients would only be discharged when services were
available that met their needs.
About half of the beds in Ward 11 were occupied at this time,