Shutting Divette Ward ‘will hit most vulnerable’

CLOSING Divette Ward will have a huge impact on people living with dementia and could put them and their carers at risk, an Alzheimer’s Society member believes.

HSSD is making drastic budget cuts, including closing a ward and cancelling operations.
HSSD is making drastic budget cuts, including closing a ward and cancelling operations.

CLOSING Divette Ward will have a huge impact on people living with dementia and could put them and their carers at risk, an Alzheimer’s Society member believes.

Dementia support worker Michael Nicholls was shocked when he heard Health and Social Services was to close the specialist assessment ward while it cuts services to reduce its overspend.

There are seven patients on the ward and all will be moved by the end of this week. The department has said the skills of staff on the Casquets Ward – where patients will be moved – would ensure that the service users were well cared for in the short term.

But Mr Nicholls said: ‘HSSD’s announcement will hit the most vulnerable people in society. Divette Ward is a specialist assessment ward, the only one in Guernsey, and it provides vital support for people living with dementia.'

Comments for: "Shutting Divette Ward ‘will hit most vulnerable’"

pb falla

another guernsey shambles

andy

That is a very spiteful thing to do.

Michele Day

How about the HSSD hierachy take a pay cut instead and work a bit harder to keep Divette Ward going. It's easy to pick on the people who can't fight back. Surely there is an alternative if this is the only ward of it's kind in Guernsey.