Future of the Bungalow to be discussed

PUBLISHED: 15:59 24 April 2013

Public meeting to be held in Honiton.

The future of The Bungalow in Honiton will be the topic of discussion at a public meeting in the town.

Honiton Senior Voice is hosting the event on Tuesday, April 30, at Honiton Methodist Hall, at 2pm, and is inviting all interested organisations to attend.

Speakers at the meeting will include Dr Colm Owens, clinical director of older people’s mental health, Jacqui Mowbray Gould, managing partner of older people’s mental health, and Donna Bell community mental health services manager.

The chairman of Honiton Senior Voice, Vic Bowsher MBE, said: “Our members and their families welcome plans to reopen The Bungalow after such a long delay.

“Whilst we regret the loss of in- patient facilities and respite care, we welcome plans for a range of mental health services to be provided in Honiton.

“We have waited a long time and our members are keen to hear what our distinguished team of speakers can offer and with what security for the future.”

It is expected that The Bungalow will open this summer as a unit for follow-up care, advice, education and group activity for people with dementia and other mental health problems.

There will be no in-patient facility or respite care as previously provided.

Honiton Senior Voice member Tony Simpson said: “As joint founders of Honiton Memory Cafe we feel it is most important that those with mental health needs and their loved ones receive good standards of provision, locally accessed and The Bungalow affords continuity of professional care for the long term future.

“As partners in Health Watch Devon we look foward to monitoring developments in mental health provision locally.”

Honiton Senior Voice was joined by local MP Neil Parish last month to discuss health and social care.

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