Reading psychiatric unit to stay open

    Families of 11 male long-term psychiatric patients have won their
    campaign to stop health chiefs closing a purpose-built psychiatric
    unit.

    Acorn House in Reading was due to close after only 13 months,
    despite worries that the 11 male patients were not ready to go back
    into the community and fears over finding them other psychiatric
    wards.

    But in a joint statement from Reading West MP Martin Salter and the
    trust, it emerged that the unit would stay open for as long as the
    majority of places were needed.

    Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation,
    said that while the case for closing old long-stay hospitals was
    overwhelming, it must be handled with compassion and care.

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