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(UK) Yeovil: New autism treatment facility planned

June 20, 2022, Somerset Live: Plans revealed for new Yeovil NHS facility for children

SW England Plans have been revealed for a new NHS facility for children with autism and learning disabilities in Yeovil. A planning application has been submitted to change the use of a building on Preston Road from residential to residential mental health.

Plans for the building would see it become part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services department of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. The trust recently bought 105a Preston Road, which occupies a setback position behind 105 Preston Road.

It is planned to be used for community-based care and treatment for one family at a time. A spokesman for the trust has said it is "confident there will be no disruption to residents" resulting from the change of use.

Mark Conway, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust’s senior operational service manager for CAMHS, said: "Following feedback from young people and their families, and as part of our ambition to provide more community-based care and treatment, we have purchased a residential property in Yeovil. It will be used by a small team of health and social care colleagues to care for young people with additional needs, one family at a time.

"We know that a young person’s recovery significantly improves when they are supported in a relaxed therapeutic setting outside of a hospital environment, and with their parents or carers, so we are very pleased with this development. This property will help to keep families together while also providing the important support parents and carers need in understanding and meeting their child’s additional needs."

Plans have been revealed to convert 105a Preston Road in Yeovil into a new NHS facility for children with autism and learning disabilities


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