Petition to stop proposed closure of the Mulberry Unit gains 1000-plus signatures

The Mulberry Unit is based at the Susan Carnegie Centre at Stracathro Hospital
The Mulberry Unit is based at the Susan Carnegie Centre at Stracathro Hospital

A petition opposing the proposed closure of the Mulberry Unit at the Susan Carnegie Centre, Stracathro Hospital, has amassed over 1000 signatures.

The petition on, which was started by Jenny Laird and has been shared on social media, comes following a presentation on February 15 of possible changes to Mulberry Ward.

The petition states: “It seemed evident that the plans that have been made over the past year are in favour of closing the 25-bed ward at Stracathro and creating an additional 20-bed ward at the Carseview Centre in Dundee, which currently already has 40 beds and is often used when needs be. We strongly believe this would have an adverse impact on crisis, as well as community-based care, in this widespread rural area which is already struggling to provide access to timely, quality care and support.”

NHS Tayside Director of Mental Health, Dr Karen Ozden, said: “There has been no decision made to close Mulberry Unit.

“The strategic vision for clinical mental health services in NHS Tayside is to continue to ensure the largest majority of care and treatment is delivered to people in their own homes and local communities.

“Over the past two years, NHS Tayside has been reviewing its existing clinical models of care across the whole of Tayside and considering how to make best use of the facilities through our Mental Health Improvement Programme.

“This programme of work has been undertaken to further strengthen our services and work with partners so that we can continue to provide safe and effective patient care that is sustainable in the longer term.

“As part of this programme, our clinicians and mental health managers have looked at our clinical pathways, service models and workforce requirements, as well as our facilities and accommodation.

“We have been out talking to staff in our mental health facilities across Tayside and have also met with service users, carers and local groups to get their views on the work which has been undertaken so far.

“A paper will be presented to NHS Tayside Board on Thursday, March 10, following which there will be a further period of wider engagement across communities in Tayside.”