A long term solution is now being sought after for the George Bryan Centre.
The inpatient setting was used for providing assessments, care and treatments for working age adults in an acute state of mental illness and a mental health assessment and treatment service for those over the age of 65.
Unfortunately, on the 12 February 2019 a fire destroyed the west wing of the George Bryan centre and as a result anyone living in South Staffordshire who has needed an in-patient stay has been sent to St George’s Hospital in Stafford, supported by further Home Treatment services that could support people to stay in their own homes.
However, decision-makers are now searching for a more long-term solution for the George Bryan Centre. To get the best possible result from this, the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) are aiming for this process to be as inclusive as possible, so they are inviting service users, carers of service users, representatives of seldom heard groups and staff to join a reference group.
For more information on how you can get involved and the requirements of such, check this link out:
A virtual event is being held: 10 February 2022, 1pm-3pm
Why is this important?
The George Bryan Centre was there to provide in-patient services for people living in Burton Upon Trent, Lichfield, Tamworth and nearby areas.
There were 19 beds for people aged 18 to 65 with serious mental health needs, with a further 12 in the East Wing for people aged over 65. Both of which had to be closed since the fire.
People with severe mental health needs should be able to access the expert help that they require close to where they live. We need solutions to ensure people get the help and support that they need.
MPFT are opening the dialogue for people who have experience of mental health problems and their caraers give feedback on what can improve and what works for supporting people in mental health crisis.