June 1, 2011
raised over closure threat to Burnham mental health centre
about the future of a closure-threatened community mental health
centre in Burnham-On-Sea have been raised this week.
House, based in Burnham's Technical Street, provides adult mental
health assessment and treatment through individual and group therapy.
users from the Burnham-based Windows Carers Group - which provides
support to carers of people suffering with mental health difficulties
- met a group of town councillors and the town's Mayor at Burnham
Area Youth Centre, as pictured below, to air their concerns about
the likely closure of Belmont House this summer due to cash cuts.
Colin Nash from Belmont House was among those who attended to
discuss the potential changes to the mental health support services
in Burnham and the planned closure of Belmont House.
serious concerns were expressed as Mr Nash was unable to definitely
confirm exactly where service users would be able to see their
phychiatrist and care co-ordinators as many venues are still under
discussion such as Highbridge Medical Centre, Burnham Medical
Centre, Burnham Hospital and the Mulberry Centre, however, these
discussions are being finalised," Pauline Wellman, Group
Co-ordinator at Windows
Carers Group, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
"The view of the majority of those in attendance at the
meeting was that there were real concerns regarding the changes
and the closure of many support groups which are essential to
the recovery of patients with mental health problems."
Nash has kindly agreed to come back to visit the group when definite
decisions have been made."
The Windows Carers Group will be contacting NHS Somerset Partnership
regarding their concerns.
Also in attendance were town councillors Alan Miller, Kate Lawson
and Helen Groves plus carers and service users.
Pictured: Belmont House and (centre) Burnham's Mayor and Mayoress,
Michael and Maria Clarke, with Pauline Wellman from The Windows
Carers Group and Colin Nash from Belmont House at the meeting