Calderstones closure confirmed this week

Calderstones anticipated closure has been confirmed. (s)
Calderstones anticipated closure has been confirmed. (s)

The anticipated closure of Calderstones was confirmed this week.

NHS England announced complete modernisation of the learning disability service in the North West to improve care for patients on Tuesday.

And those plans include the closure of Calderstones in Whalley.

People with a learning disability, autism or both in the North West will be supported to lead more independent lives in their communities thanks to plans given the final go ahead, which include the closure of Calderstones – now known as Mersey Care Whalley site – England’s last stand-alone NHS learning disability hospital.

The plans to address the historic lack of high quality community-based services in the region, which has resulted in an over-reliance on long stay inpatient care when compared to other parts of the country, were given the green light following an extensive three month consultation involving patients, their families, staff and members of the public.

The consultation received over 1,000 responses from people with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder or both, family members and carers, staff and national experts.

Plans will now be finalised setting out how local NHS and social care leaders in the region will deliver the reforms set out in Building the Right Support, the widely-supported cross-government plan which will set out to ensure future care plans for people with learning disabilities.