SERVICES: Tees, Esk and Wear Valley Foundation Trust is proposing to make the temporary closure of an inpatient unit for older people permanent.

Since last summer Lustrum Vale in Stockton-on-Tees, a 22 bedded unit, has been closed and patients have been offered additional support in the community or admission to Roseberry Park in Middlesbrough.

The trust has now launched a public consultation on making this permanent. It says changes it had already made had led to a dramatic decrease in bed occupancy.

“In line with the national dementia strategy our aim is to make sure that, where possible, people receive the care they need in their home environment. We have reduced inappropriate admissions to hospital and removed delays in the assessment and treatment processes so that patients get the care they need as quickly as possible,” the trust said.

It said Lustrum Vale - which is a modern, purpose-build facility - would be used by other services.