19 DEC 2011

Dr Dan visits the Studio Landia day care centre in Mendham

Dan with Dawn South (left) and one of the guests at the Studio Landia Day Care Centre for the elderlyThe festive season reminds us of the importance of caring for those less fortunate than ourselves, such as those with mental health problems or the frail elderly in our communities. Last week, Dan visited the Studio Landia Day Care Centre in Mendham, which provides care for elderly residents in Suffolk within a comfortable and supportive environment. The staff at Studio Landia provide a vital service for people in Suffolk approaching the later stages of their lives, whilst simultaneously providing much-needed relief for their carers, who selflessly give up so much of their time to look after elderly relatives and friends. Dan spoke with manager Ann Harlow and Dawn South over lunch about the importance of delivering more integrated care between local NHS services, GPs and adult social services, along with the problems surrounding referral rates to the centre in recent years.

People are living longer – which is a good thing - and as they do, the number of people living with long-term illnesses also increases. As both a doctor and an MP, Dan considers it essential to provide dignity and compassion in caring for elderly people, and he will continue to use his knowledge and experience of the NHS, along with his position on the Health Select Committee in Parliament to ensure that Suffolk has a more community-focussed, integrated health care service.

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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Addictions: Health Services (19 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270772 on Addiction Services, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of medically-staffed inpatient detoxification beds in England; and if he will make a statement.

Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...