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Psychogeriatric Provision

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the number of psychogeriatric beds for men available in the Lancaster area health authority serving the Ormskirk constituency; where they are located; and what plans there are to increase them.

There are at present no facilities specifically for elderly severely mentally infirm men in the Ormskirk health district. Such patients are admitted either to geriatric or psychiatric wards in the district or to beds for the elderly severely mentally infirm available at Win wick hospital, Warrington. A 28-bed unit for elderly severely mentally infirm men and women is expected to open in Ormskirk during 1982 and a further 24 beds are planned for the new Skelmersdale community hospital, whose opening is provisionally scheduled for 1986.