Inpatient mental health bed closures

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Dear Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust,

In the last 10 years, please could you state
1] How many wards have been closed by your Trust in total?
2] Please list names of the wards closed, describe if they were adult/ old age/ forensic etc; their location and specify the number of bed lost with each of these wards?
3] How many new wards were opened by your Trust in total?
4] Please list names of the wards opened, describe if they were adult/ old age/ forensic etc, their location and specify the number of bed lost with each of these wards?

Yours faithfully,
Dr Amit Mukherjee

FOI (OXLEAS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Amit, 

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - SECTION 8 REQUEST 

 

I am writing regarding your request for information dated 17/02/2023. In
order to identify if we hold the information you have requested, we will
need to seek some further clarification from you. 

 

I would be grateful if you could please clarify: 

1] How many wards have been closed by your Trust in total? 

Can you please confirm if this is referring to permanently closed mental
health wards, or does this also include temporary closures (such as any
wards that were temporarily closed during the height of the coronavirus
pandemic)? 

 

4] Please list names of the wards opened, describe if they were adult/
old age/ forensic etc, their location and specify the number of bed lost
with each of these wards? 

Should this say the number of beds gained from opening new wards (rather
than lost)? 

  

Please note that we are unable to confirm at this time whether we hold or
will be able to provide the requested information under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act.   

  

Please provide me with a response by 13/03/2023. Once we have received the
further clarification needed, we will be able to process your request
further. However, please note that in the meantime your request will be
placed on hold.

  

Kind regards, 

Information Governance Office

E: [1][Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust request email]

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust | Bracken House | Bracton Lane | Leyton Cross
Road | Dartford | Kent | DA2 7AF

 

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Subject: Freedom of Information request - Inpatient mental health bed
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Dear Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust,

In the last 10 years, please could you state
1] How many wards have been closed by your Trust in total?
2] Please list names of the wards closed, describe if they were adult/ old
age/ forensic etc; their location and specify the number of bed lost with
each of these wards?
3] How many new wards were opened by your Trust in total?
4] Please list names of the wards opened, describe if they were adult/ old
age/ forensic etc, their location and specify the number of bed lost with
each of these wards?

Yours faithfully,
Dr Amit Mukherjee

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Dear FOI (OXLEAS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

I am responding to your questions above.

1] I am referring to both permanently closed mental
health wards, and to temporary closures ,such as any
wards that were temporarily closed during the height of the coronavirus
pandemic.

2] You asked--Should this say the number of beds gained from opening new wards (rather
than lost)?

It will be helpful if you just give factual information: number of beds opened, number of beds closed.
Allow the public to scrutinise themselves about the number of beds gained in the process.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Amit Mukherjee

FOI (OXLEAS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Amit,

 

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Kind regards, 

Information Governance Office

E: [Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust request email]

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust | Bracken House | Bracton Lane | Leyton Cross
Road | Dartford | Kent | DA2 7AF

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FOI (OXLEAS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Amit, 

                

I am writing in relation to your Freedom of Information request dated
17/02/2023.  

  

We are currently in the process of dealing with your request; however, I
regret that it will not be possible to respond to your request within the
normal 20 working days time limit as we are experiencing difficulties in
extracting the requested information due to the way in which it is
recorded. I can confirm that we are actively processing your request and
aim to provide you with a full response by no later than 05/04/2023.  

  

Please accept our sincere apologies for this delay.  

 

Kind regards, 

 

 

Information Governance Office 

E: [Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust request email] 

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust | Bracken House | Bracton Lane | Leyton Cross
Road | Dartford | Kent | DA2 7AF 

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FOI (OXLEAS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Amit, 

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - SECTION 8 REQUEST 

 

I am writing regarding your request for information dated 17/02/2023. In
order to identify the information you have requested, we will need to seek
some further clarification from you. 

 

I would be grateful if you could please clarify the following:

•  If a complete ward is transferred to a new ward / building of a
different name (with no gap in service provision), is the previous
ward defined as a closure or just a relocation?

  

Please provide me with a response by 13/04/2023. Once we have received the
further clarification needed, we will be able to process your request
further. However, please note that in the meantime your request will
be placed on hold.

  

Kind regards, 

Information Governance Office

E: [Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust request email]

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust | Bracken House | Bracton Lane | Leyton Cross
Road | Dartford | Kent | DA2 7AF

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Dear FOI (OXLEAS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

Sorry for the delay in response.

If the complete ward is transferred then you state it as 'closed'.
If the ward transferred to a new location, then state it as 'opened'.
Thank you

Yours sincerely,

Amit Mukherjee

FOI (OXLEAS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Amit, 

 

Please find attached our response to your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 referenced FOI 9058.

 

Kind regards, 

 

 

Paul Bransgrove 

Information Governance Officer 

Email: [Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust request email] 

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust / Bracken House / Bracton Lane / Leyton Cross
Road/ Dartford, Kent / DA2 7AF 

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