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HONITON: Bungalow set to reopen
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Staff will start moving in at the end of this month and a mental health facility for the elderly in Honiton should be fully occupied and operational by mid-December, NHS bosses say.
What was previously known as The Bungalow and located in the grounds of Honiton Hospital, will reopen under the name of Haydon’s Court.
Honiton Senior Voice (HSV) invited Devon Partnership NHS Trust top brass to a public meeting in spring this year when The Bungalow had been closed for about three years.
Those attending were assured the facility would reopen, albeit for outpatients only.
But the predicted ‘no later than August’ reopening didn’t materialise and HSV issued a statement last week in which concern was expressed.
HSV chairman Vic Bowsher said: “Honiton Senior Voice is seeking clarification about the former Bungalow.
“It seems it is to be mainly used for offices for council employees who have been re-located including the Older People’s Team and Adult Community Team.
“While we are pleased to have these social care staff in the area, it looks as though the original purpose of The Bungalow has disappeared, though there will be some rooms for consultation.
“I remember when it was a pioneering centre offering respite care for 18 or 20 local people and helping their families.
“Professionals from all over came to visit and admire what we were doing in Honiton.
“It was a wonderful centre. It is very important this change of name is not a down-grading and there is information and consultation on the new service.”
A spokesperson for Devon Partnership NHS Trust explained that the new facility would cater for both administration and clinical work.
He said: “The Bungalow in Honiton, which was formerly an inpatient unit for older people with mental health needs, has been completely refurbished and renamed as Haydon’s Court.
“Staff are moving-in to the site from late November onwards and it will be fully occupied by mid December.
“Haydon’s Court provides a combination of clinical space, for consultations and outpatient appointments, and office accommodation.
“The teams based there include those supporting adults and older people with mental health needs, as well as the Depression and Anxiety Service (DAS) and addiction services.”
Donna Bell, NHS Community Service Manager for Older People in Exeter, East & Mid Devon, said: “The refurbishment at Haydon’s Court means that we now have a bright, modern and therapeutic environment for the people we support and our staff.
“This is the first time that we have been able to co-locate several teams that serve East Devon in a single community ‘hub’ and we see this as a very positive step forward.”
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