Health bosses have ‘no plans’ to sell St John’s Court

PUBLISHED: 10:42 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:42 18 October 2018

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Campaigners are celebrating saving Exmouth’s ‘lifeline for the vulnerable’ after a U-turn decision to scrap the sale of a mental health hub.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT) now has ‘no plans’ to cash in on St John’s Court after failing to find a new home for the town’s mental health services, it has been revealed.

In a letter to East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire seen by the Journal, campaigner Dot Taylor, whose son has benefited from services at St John’s Court, said NHS bosses had ‘verbally confirmed’ they had shelved plans to close and sell the Withycombe site.

Dot, who set up the Save St John’s Court campaign group in 2015, called for written confirmation and the DPT has now said it has halted its search for a new home in Exmouth, bringing to an end three years of uncertainty for the centre.

A spokesperson for the trust said: “We have no plans to sell St John’s Court and we are no longer looking for alternative sites in the town.”

Our teams at St John’s Court do a fantastic job in supporting people with a range of mental health and learning disability needs.

“We are very proud of the work that they do and we know how highly-valued they are by the local community in and around Exmouth.”

Campaigners said they were delighted with the news and will continue to monitor ‘any future developments’ at St John’s Court.

A statement on behalf of the group said: “This latest announcement to maintain St John’s Court is a lifeline to many vulnerable people in Exmouth and we are sure that this news will be most welcomed by those who need to use the mental health services without having to travel further afield for their mental health care needs.”

Sir Hugo Swire also welcomed the news, adding: “Having heard that the Devon Partnership Trust does not intend to sell off St John’s Court, I am pleased that there has been progress in saving the facility.

“It’s yet another example of decision makers working closely together to ensure that we have the best possible healthcare across East Devon.”

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