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Loss of mental health funding is the core reason for the sale of The Hoo

29 November, 2018

• THE much-loved building in Lyndhurst Gardens that has been a sanctuary for thousands of people with mental health problems over the years is being sold by Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust.

The Hoo, which had been bequeathed for mental health use, is being sold at auction to help with the trust’s financial deficit.

The Queen Anne-style mansion is a listed building with heritage features and provides a special warm welcome to the most vulnerable of Camden residents.

The service is relocating to one floor of a much smaller building in Daleham Gardens, which has fewer consultation rooms for seeing the 900 patients, and where the staff will have to hot-desk in cramped offices.

Loss of mental health funding is the core reason for the sale but the impact on service users with a diagnosis of psychosis or bipolar disorder will be widely felt.

I speak as a service user who has been helped immeasurably by my psychiatrist and the now, sadly defunct, day unit which was situated on the very floor of the building in Daleham Gardens into which the staff and patients of the Hoo are now to be squeezed. It is a terrible shame.

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