New mental health crisis unit in Leeds

  • NHS bosses in Leeds have unveiled a new £1.3m unit aimed at supporting people in mental health crisis. busy_hospital.jpg

    The crisis assessment unit at the Becklin Centre is part of Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundations Trust’s work to give people in crisis support and to direct them away from A&E and police cells, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

    Patients can be referred by GPs, carers, paramedics or the police, and will receive up to 72 hours support from the unit’s specialist psychiatrists, nurses, therapists and social workers.

    Funded by LYPFT and Leeds NHS commissioners, the unit has single sex accommodation for six people that will open seven days a week from September.

    Jeanette Lawson, LYPFT’s clinical operations manager for crisis services, said: “It will give our team the time and space they need to explore a person’s difficulties in more depth. Any time at the unit can be mixed with people’s regular activities and time back in their homes.”

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