After multiple discussions with the Local Health District and the Minister for Mental Health, I wish to confirm that the Ron Hemmings Unit at Kenmore Hospital is not closing.
The appropriateness of the model of care currently in place will be reviewed, as well as a wider review on Mental Health Services and how this could be improved to ensure the most appropriate level of care to mental health consumers is provided. This review is expected to be completed in three months.
While the review is underway, the District is arranging additional resources and supports for the Ron Hemmings Unit. The rapid review is not in any way budget related.
Between now and 16 November 2020, mental health rehabilitation will continue to be available if required through the day program at the Activities Centre on the grounds of Kenmore Hospital.
By 16 November 2020, admissions will restart at the Unit and it will be able to operate safely while the review is underway.
The four consumers currently in the Unit have transfers of care to the community arranged as a part of their expected care pathway and will not be impacted.
The NSW Government and Local Health District remains strongly committed to the provision of consumer-centred, safe, high quality and contemporary non-acute mental health rehabilitation and older persons mental health inpatient care.