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Don’t miss out – have your say on plans for a new mental health hospital in York

People across the Vale of York are being encouraged to share their views and help the local NHS deliver mental health care that is fit for the 21st century.

A consultation, which runs until 16 January 2017, is being led by NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to ask the local community to comment on possible sites for a new mental health hospital in the Vale of York, as well as the proposed number and configuration of beds within it.

Dr Louise Barker, the CCG’s Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, said: “Building on our work with local stakeholders through the DISCOVER programme, we want to create conversations that will allow us to co-produce plans for a new mental health hospital in the Vale of York.

“We want to commission innovative care and treatment that local stakeholders say they want and their views on the location and the facility’s configuration are very important.

“We extended the consultation period until 16 January 2017 to ensure that local service users, families, partners and staff have as many opportunities as possible to give their views on proposals and help us develop high quality mental health services for the Vale of York.”

Ruth Hill, Director of Operations at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV), the current provider of mental health services in the area, said: “Most people want to receive the care they need at home and developing services that support service users in the community is a key priority for us.

“Alongside this we want to make sure that those people who need to spend time in hospital have access to modern, state-of-the-art facilities.

“The trust has some of the best inpatient facilities in the country and this is what we aspire to for people across the Vale of York.”

More information about the proposals and how people can have their say is available at www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/get-involved.

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