Healthwatch City of London Bulletin 8

Read the latest bulletin for information on the move of the Inpatient Dementia Assessment Unit to move to Newham from Mile End Hospital.
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Inpatient Dementia Assessment Unit to move to Newham

Columbia Ward, ELFT’s inpatient dementia assessment unit for east London, currently based in Tower Hamlets, is to move to Newham. The ward which is currently in the Bancroft Unit at Mile End Hospital is to move to The Cazaubon Unit at East Ham Care Centre on 19 August 2020. The ward needs to move to make space for Barts Health NHS Trust, who own the site, to develop a ‘Green Zone’ which will be designed to be COVID-19 free.

Columbia Ward provides dementia assessment for older people in the City of London, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Newham. It is a short-term assessment unit with an average length of stay of six weeks.

ELFT have assured City and Hackney CCG that they have been in regular contact with patients and their families about these plans throughout and sought to minimise any disruption.

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