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Update on Lincolnshire hospital unit closure after ‘difficult decision’ to close for almost two years

By Vaseline May27,2024

A hospital department that was closed almost two years ago is reopening. Following the temporary closure of the Hartsholme Centre, the men’s psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) in Lincolnshire in October 2022, patients will return from June 3.

Following ‘significant pressures on staff’ in Lincolnshire’s adult psychiatric units in 2022, the trust had to make the ‘difficult decision’ to halt admissions to the smallest of its mental health units, the psychiatric intensive care unit department in Lincoln (known as the Hartsholme Center). ), to redeploy the team to support departments elsewhere.

Chris Higgins, Director of Operations at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) said: “Although it was a difficult decision to make, especially for patients having to travel outside Lincolnshire for psychiatric intensive care whilst the ward was closed, it was essential to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

“Since closure, important work has been done to recruit, retain and view new ways of working across the Trust, and we are very pleased that we are now in a position to reopen the department safely and sustainably. Although there have been some delays due to some water quality issues identified in the department, these have now been addressed and we can safely prepare to reopen and welcome patients.

“We are very aware of the impact this closure has had on our patients, their families and our redeployed staff and would like to thank everyone for their understanding at this difficult time as we prioritized everyone’s safety.”

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