Shropshire mental health ward 'could close' says trust

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A mental health ward may be closed in a Shropshire community hospital under plans to treat more people at home, a health trust has said.

Shropshire Primary Care Trust said more home help may lead to the closure of a ward at Whitchurch Community Hospital.

It said the proposal was about modernising mental health care provision, rather than saving money.

Under the plans 90 extra staff would be needed across the county and a public consultation will start on 6 September.

Sam Hill from the trust said: "User and carers we've been talking to for a long time have been saying to us they would much rather have help in their own homes with their own lives so they can perhaps carry on with the jobs they are doing or the leisure opportunities they have, rather than be taken out of their lives and put into a ward."

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