Hos­pi­tal ward faces the axe

Fam­i­lies in tears over plans

Ayrshire Post - - News - Stephen Hous­ton

Fam­i­lies have been left in the dark after discovering by chance a se­cret plan to close a se­cure ward of de­men­tia pa­tients.

The Iona Lewis ward at the Ailsa Hos­pi­tal in Ayr is be­ing culled by NHS Ayr­shire and Ar­ran.

The plan has left fam­i­lies dev­as­tated, some have been re­duced to tears.

There are around 10 de­men­tia pa­tients aged from their late 60s to over 80 in the his­toric unit, each need­ing a high level of care from staff.

A pa­tient’s daugh­ter said ev­ery­one has been left stunned and an­gry and emo­tions are running high.

She said: “I found out through Chi­nese whis­pers and then had to ask a mem­ber of staff - no­body has ap­proached any of us.

“I am just so happy dad and the rest of the pa­tients have no idea what is hap­pen­ing to them.”

She added: “The staff here are lovely and I don’t think they know what is go­ing to hap­pen.

“But they con­firmed to me the ward is clos­ing.

“It is a dis­grace this health board don’t see fit or just plainly don’t know how to com­mu­ni­cate to let any­one know what they are do­ing.

“As far as I know there are no sim­i­lar wards in the area, which will af­fect a lot of peo­ple.”

The 15 sin­gle bed­roomed ward is one of the tra­di­tional old units at Ailsa, which has been wound down in scale by board man­darins.

Many pat i e nts are shifted 15 miles to the new Wood­land View men­tal health unit in Irvine.

The re­main­ing wards at Ailsa for older men­tal health pa­tients are the Croy, Dunure, Jura and Clon­beith.

NHS Ayr­shire and Ar­ran Direc­tor Stephen Brown con­firmed changes are be­ing looked at.

Mr Brown said: “We con­tinue to re­view how we pro­vide el­derly men­tal health in­pa­tient care.

“The ac­com­mo­da­tion at Ailsa Hos­pi­tal is of a poorer stan­dard than that pro­vided at, Wood­land View at Ayr­shire Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal, which opened in May 2016.

We are, there­fore, work­ing to re­lo­cate some of the wards on the Ailsa site and max­imise the use of the Wood­land View fa­cil­i­ties.

“This re­view is de­signed to make best use of our en­tire es­tate, while con­tin­u­ing to im­prove the pa­tient’s ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Facing clo­sure Plans to shut the Iona Lewis ward at the Ailsa Hos­pi­tal

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