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Care Minister impressed by work at NDDH

March 19, 2015 11:00 AM

North Devon MP Nick Harvey has welcomed Health Minister Norman Lamb on a visit to North Devon District Hospital.

The Lib Dem Minister for Care and Support saw the new Fortescue dementia ward, which has recently been refurbished with new colours and fittings sensitive to the needs of dementia patients.

Mr Lamb then spoke to clinicians on the new chemotherapy unit. Seamoor Ward is due to open at the end of this month and has been paid for by a £2million community fundraising appeal.

He then met directors of the adult mental health services unit to discuss the challenges ahead. The Lib Dems have committed to end discrimination against mental health within the NHS, address waiting times and boost mental health funding - yesterday's Budget confirmed £1.25bn to improve child mental health services over the next 5 years.

Commenting, local MP Nick Harvey said:

"I was very pleased to welcome Government health Minister Norman Lamb to North Devon yesterday and take him round North Devon District Hospital, where staff do a fantastic job all year round keeping things going. Despite the pressures on our NHS, I was pleased to be able to show Norman first-hand that North Devon has much to be proud of, like a fantastic new chemo ward - made possible only by the community's efforts to raise cash, and dementia-friendly surroundings with specially trained staff to ensure dementia sufferers get the tailored care they need.

"Mental health has too long been a low priority in the NHS and I'm pleased that the Lib Dems have put radical commitments to right this into action, and straight on the front page of our manifesto. Norman was impressed by the dynamism of staff in North Devon working at the forefront of change in our mental health services, and there was constructive discussion about the need for preventative care and identifying the warning signs earlier for those in mental distress. Strong support networks within the community for those leaving hospital is another critical part of the equation."