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Knockbracken Health Care Park

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are (a) to close and (b) to amalgamate psychiatry wards at Knockbracken Health Care Park. (103424)

Knockbracken Health Care Park is being modernised and developed into a specialist facility appropriate for the 21st century. In the future, it is envisaged that there will be fewer beds and that more individuals who require continuing care will be managed in the community. Over the next six months, the trust will carry out a process of closing a continuing care ward. This will allow improvements in the hospital environment for those remaining as inpatients. Relatives and carers will be involved in the closure process.