​Lambeth Hospital consultation 

Improving inpatient mental health services for Lambeth

As members of the Lambeth Living Well Network Alliance (LWNA), NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, are proposing changes to transform the mental health inpatient wards for adults in Lambeth Hospital.

We want to know what you think about our proposal to move adult inpatient mental health services from Lambeth Hospital, in Landor Road, Lambeth to new, high-quality facilities on the Maudsley Hospital site, in Denmark Hill, in Southwark. 

As part of the LWNA, we have been working hard to improve community and home-based services, and provide more care closer to home. Our vision is to shift the focus from long-term and sometimes inappropriate stays in hospital to community and home-based services that are joined up, easier to access and more cost effective. When some people, due to the severity of their mental health needs, require specialist support in hospital, we want them to be treated in safe, modern and therapeutic accommodation. 

The wards at Lambeth Hospital no longer meet acknowledged modern standards and are not fit for purpose.  The way in which some wards are arranged does not support the privacy, dignity and safety that our service users should expect. In turn this impacts on people's recovery and the experience of the care they receive. For our staff it makes their role more difficult and this in turn impacts on team morale, recruitment and retention. These issues have been raised by service users, families, and by staff as well as by regulators such as the Care Quality Commission, whose role is to monitor the quality of services. NHS Lambeth CCG and the Trust therefore recognise the urgent need to improve inpatient accommodation for mental health services in Lambeth.

Our preferred option is to move the inpatient services for adults from Lambeth Hospital to the Maudsley Hospital site in Denmark Hill. This would not change the number of beds available for service users.

A new, purpose-built building, which would be built on the Maudsley Hospital site, would provide a modern, safe and therapeutic environment for service users which would meet accepted modern standards. It would have individual en-suite bathrooms for all bedrooms, direct access to large outdoor balconies and fresh air, good views across the wards for staff, family rooms and a multi-faith space. The only alternative other potential option identified is to continue to use the existing wards and buildings on the Lambeth Hospital site and sustain the existing problems.

The consultation runs from 4 March to 31 May 2020.

To find out more, read the consultation doscument, find out about local consultation events and complete our online survey please go to the Lambeth Together website here.

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