Longreach mental health unit not to reopen until November

Longreach House Longreach was built in 2003

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An adult mental health unit in Cornwall closed over fire safety issues is not expected to reopen until at least November, health bosses say.

Redruth's Longreach Mental Health Unit closed in May after it was found there was no fireproofing in its roof space.

The Cornwall Partnership Trust said it was working with the owners of the building to resolve the problems.

The reduction in beds means 44 patients are currently being treated outside of Cornwall, trust staff said.

'Significant' loss

Dr Ellen Wilkinson, medical director of the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said the loss of beds had been having an impact on services.

She said: "There are 30 beds at Longreach, about half of the acute beds in the county.

"This is a significant amount of beds for us to be without."

Some patients had been found alternative care at Bodmin Hospital or at home, the trust said.

It added it wanted to bring patients being treated out of the county back as soon as possible.

Semperian - the owner of Longreach House which was built in 2003 - has yet to comment.

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