Assembly Member urges Health Minister to consider relatives’ needs as part of ABMU Mental Health review

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has asked the Minister for Health to consider the needs of patients' relatives, as part of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board consultion over Adult Mental Health Acute Assessment facilities.

The Health Board are currently consulting on proposals for a state of the art acute mental health assessment facility for adults at Neath Port Talbot Hospital which will mean the closure of services in Bridgend and Swansea.

"I welcome the goal of the Local Health Board to reduce the number of inpatient beds" said Mr Black "as it is preferable for patients with mental health needs to be supported in their community. The modernisation of these facilities is also overdue. However, some consideration must be given to the transport needs of patients' relatives.

"Patients in these assessment units need their friends and family to support them in their recovery. Transport to the new unit will be critical if they are to provide that support. I am pleased that the Minister accepted the point I made and will make sure it receives the attention it requires in consultation process."

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