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Inpatient mental health services in south west London

Proposals for public consultation
29 September – 21 December


This consultation is about the future location for mental health inpatient facilities for people in Kingston, Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Wandsworth, and for a range of specialist mental health inpatient services serving a wider catchment area.

Mental health is important.  One in four of us will experience some kind of mental health need.  All the evidence suggests that the demand for mental health care is rising, and will continue to rise.  So we must find ways to provide services which deliver the greatest clinical benefits and the best possible experience for service users and carers in the most sustainable and cost-effective way.

We need modern mental health inpatient facilities that are fit for purpose, give people the best chance to recover in the best environment, support staff to deliver high quality care, and are sustainable for the NHS in the long term.

Most of the existing mental health inpatient facilities in south west London are old, not suitable for modernisation, not designed for today's mental health care and very expensive to maintain.  They do not provide a good, supportive environment for patients and carers. They make it harder for frontline staff to deliver high quality care.

We want to make sure that people and organisations have the chance to comment on these proposals, and to suggest if there are alternatives that the NHS should consider before a final decision is made. That is the purpose of this consultation.

Further information

View the full consultation documents, inpatient mental health services consultation.