December has seen figures emerge for the number of patients sent out of area for mental health treatment.
More than 2,000 people per month are referred outside of their area for treatment due a shortage of beds in mental health facilities. According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre more than 500 of them end up as inpatients at least 30 miles from their home.
MIND have commented that being close to support networks of friends and family is an important part of recovery for those suffering from mental health problems. Being separated from such networks can impact on patients’ recovery.
The Department of Health have said that an urgent review of out-of-area acute mental health treatment is underway.