Only acute mental health unit in borough to remain closed – East London and West Essex Guardian Series

Apr 08 2014, in Uncategorized

Another mental health facility closes in Waltham Forest. Consistent with a pattern across the NHS, North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) has cut mental health services again. NELFT recently effectively closed Forest House the only facility in Waltham Forest (and one of a dwindling number in the whole NHS) where people could access long-term psychodynamic therapy.

The only facility for treating people with acute mental health problems in Waltham Forest will close permanently, it has been announced. The decision to shutdown Naseberry Court in Larskhall Road, Highams Park, has been taken despite GPs in Chingford calling the facility to remain during a public consultation by Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The treatment centre was temporarily closed by North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) in March 2013 amid concerns over patient safety, high absconding levels and an incident in December 2012 when a patient attacked staff.