Date: 14 January 2015 Press Ref GDTCPR20150114
Great Dawley Town Council want answers on Future of Castle Lodge
Great Dawley Town Council have asked that representatives from South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS FT (SSSHFT) attend their next Full Council meeting on Monday 19th January 2015.
The Town Council want to understand what the future plans of Castle Lodge, Attwood Terrace, Dawley are and why the inpatient facility has been temporarily closed for over one year.
Castle Lodge is part of the Mental Health services provided in Telford & Wrekin. It was established in January 2004 as a 12 bed nurse led unit and was available as a “step down” for those who no longer needed to be in Shelton Hospital but required 24 hour nursing support in an inpatient environment.
The Preferred Option detailed in documents provided by the SSSHFT is to permanently close Castle Lodge and dispose of the facility. The Town Council would like residents to attend the meeting on Monday 19th January at 6.30pm at Dawley House, Burton Street, Dawley, Telford so they too can understand the impact this preferred option will have in the local community.
Chair of Great Dawley Town Council, Cllr Shaun Davies, said “Castle Lodge has provided a much needed service for the people of Dawley and Malinslee and indeed to the people of Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire. Its closure means that a much needed service is removed and we have seen recently the gap of provision across Shropshire. The more local issues is what happens to the site at the top of Attwood Terrace, we will want answers in regards to this central question also”
He added “I encourage as many residents as possible to come along to the meeting but also understand that some maybe unable to attend – and therefore urge them to contact the Town Council to put questions or comment”
“I am disappointed that Health bosses have not published the consultation events, and there is a concern that this is a done deal.