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How are the Trust going to cope with the additional patients from the closure of the wards at the Woodlands on the Queen Mary's site , and are the vacated wards going to be utilised , can you please explain what your course of action is going to be.

Dear B C Britton

Thank you for your email regarding the proposed changes to the Woodlands Mental Health inpatient unit at Queen Mary's Hospital.

It is important to highlight that the working age adult wards, currently based at the Woodlands site, are being transferred not closed. The wards will be moving to alternative inpatient sites at Oxleas House in Greenwich and Green Parks House in Bromley. When admission is required, patients from Bexley will be admitted to the wards on the alternative sites.

The vacated wards on the Woodlands site will be refurbished and converted to older peoples inpatient wards. We believe that this will allow us to focus on developing a centre of excellence for older persons on the Woodlands site.

Thank you again for your email. I hope that I have been able to respond fully to your questions.

Yours sincerely

Adrian Dorney
Associate Director

First of all I rang the Shrewsburys Ward in the Oxley clinic Woolwich, to speak to a relative that was an inpatient there. After having been put to speak to my relative, our phone conversation was being listened in on by the staff. Just to let the public know what to expect when they call to speak to family. Because of that I decided to go visit, because it does not seem right for staff to be listening on patient phone conversation.
Then I went to visit, I find the staff rude and the ward really dirty and unkept. I can understand it is a mental hospital but the staff seem to not care at all. I just get the feeling that the staff there just could not be bothered. They were just there to get paid, I think someone from the NHS should look into this. Because, the place looks like an accident waiting to happen and I think for a place with little or no furniture and you hardly see any patient. Because, they had to go call my relative out from the room. That ward sure look dirty and smell really bad.

Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. We are very sorry that this has been your experience. We take all the comments that we receive seriously and we will look into the matters you raise. Please do contact us directly if you would like to discuss your experience in more detail with me.

Adrian Dorney
Associate Director

My son is a 14 yr old with severe physical disabilities and receives continence pads (Abri Form premium S4) via the Continence Service delivered by Mediquip. We haven't had any deliveries for some time and are now have only one packet left. When ringing Mediquip earlier in the week - they assured me that delivery would be today. Today I rang to be told they have no stock of this brand and have no idea when they will. They didn't seem to have/want to access my sons records so I have no idea when our delivery should be/ how many deliveries we have missed. No one either from Mediquip, or the Continence service have let us know of this problem, as a conequnce we have approximately 4 days worth of pads left and no way of getting any new ones soon, with Bank Holiday looming.

I would appreciate someone contacting me as soon as possible with any information that could be of help for us. We should have been informed of this problem before it became a real cause for concern.There should be procedures in place to inform parents/carers/clients of these sorts of problems and steps should be made to combat them?

Thank you for raising your concerns. I understand the Specialist Continence Team has spoken to you and delivered the appropriate pads to your home. We apologise for any inconvenience and distress caused to you and your son. I have spoken to the Service Manager at Royal Borough of Greenwich, who run the contract with Medquip, and we will be reviewing this situation in detail in order to ensure that we learn from it and improve. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further concerns.

Beth Williams
Service Manager Long Term Conditions

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