Proposed closure of the Frank Lloyd Dementia Unit

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Frank Lloyd Unit in Sittingbourne could be set to close. 

The last dedicated unit for looking after Swale’s violent dementia patients is threatened with closure. 

The two-ward Frank Lloyd Unit next to Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital has already had its 40 beds stripped to just eight.  Now it is claimed there are plans by NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group to shut it completely.

Relatives of patients have been sent letters telling them to find alternative places.  This unit is for people with severe dementia who unfortunately have violent tendencies and many of them have been there long term.

It is anticipated that the centre will be closed by March 2020 as it has been deemed there is no longer a need for personalised dementia care within the area and that local care homes can cope with these violent patients.  

Frank Lloyd staff have had specific training in dealing with patients like this and not all staff in other homes have received this training.

How can it be that a specialised home is allowed to close when there are not enough beds to cater for the growing dementia crisis which the government has now recognised.