June 3, 2011
reassures users of Burnham-On-Sea mental health centre
bosses have this week reassure users of a mental health centre
in Burnham-On-Sea that its services are not under threat.
House is based in Burnham's Technical Street and provides vital
health assessment and treatment of patients through individual,
group and family therapy.
reported here how
several town councillors and members of the Burnham-based Windows
Carers Group, which provides support to local carers, had raised
concerns that Belmont House could be earmarked for closure due
to funding cuts.
Reacting to the comments, NHS Somerset spokesman Paul Courtney
told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday: "It is not the intention
of the Somerset Partnership Trust to 'close Belmont House and
cut the existing services'."
Somerset Partnership Trust has had some preliminary discussions
about the future of Belmont House because of concerns about the
quality of the building for both patients and staff."
"These discussions have included the possibility of finding
a number of alternative premises in and around Burnham from which
to operate services in the future."
"Such a proposal could offer the possibility of services
being delivered in a range of settings closer to where patients
"There is no question of the existing services at Belmont
House being stopped or the building being closed before patient
and carers views have been properly considered and alternative
premises identified and services fully established."