07 January 2019

In recent times, there has been an increase in the number of men who need to be admitted for psychiatric care in Bedfordshire and Luton, and a reduced demand for female admission beds.

Review of Bed Useage
To ensure that service users can continue to be treated closer to home, a review of the number of male and female beds across Bedfordshire and Luton has been undertaken. There are no changes to the overall number of beds available, but additional male beds have been developed to ensure that we can care for males locally.

Care and Treatment Closer to Home
These changes will benefit male service users who need to be admitted due to mental health crisis or deterioration. It will enable them to stay in contact with their social networks which would be harder if they were transferred to a unit outside of the county. And it will reduce delays when they are ready to go home as staff have a good knowledge of partner organisations to provide support at home. It will also improve bed management enabling the Trust to make more effective use of resources and to have the right services in place to meet the needs of the local population.

Please be advised of the following changes to our local services. Information in the Services section of the website have been updated to reflect these changes.

Willow Ward
Willow Ward in Oakley Court, Luton, has become an 11 bedded female-only ward . Willow Ward will begin taking female-only admissions from 4 January 2019. See here for information about Willow Ward

Onyx Ward
Onyx Ward has become a 20 bedded male-only ward . See here for information about Onyx Ward<

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