The Riverside Adolescent Unit in Bristol has temporarily closed parts of its facility after an internal review found that the standard of care needed improvement. The unit, which provides inpatient beds and day services for adolescents with mental health issues, could not ensure the consistent delivery of safe care. The decision to close the affected areas was made collaboratively by senior officials from the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) and the South West Provider Collaborative, with support from NHS England South West.
AWP has expressed its apologies for any inconvenience caused and stated that they are providing support to the affected patients, families, and staff. The trust aims to reopen the unit once they are confident that all standards of care can be consistently maintained. In the meantime, they are working closely with the small number of young people who were patients at Riverside to ensure their individual care needs are met and to facilitate smooth transitions to other services, as necessary.
The focus of the individual reviews conducted with the young people, their families, carers, and the clinical team has been to determine the most appropriate alternative placements for each individual. While recognizing the potential disruption caused by the closure, AWP emphasizes their commitment to providing safe care and their obligation to prioritize the well-being of their patients at all times.
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