Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Weavers Croft

Weavers Croft is an in-patient assessment and treatment hospital for older people with mental health needs.  It also provides day hospital facilities and is a base for community staff.

Nineteen years ago, the old Coney Hill Mental Hospital was closed and the mental health needs of older people were relocated to units within communities in Gloucestershire.  Weavers Croft was one such community unit and is set within very pleasant grounds just below Stroud Maternity in Field Road, Stroud.   This was an enlightened move because over the ensuing years we have experienced a greater understanding of the needs of people requiring mental health care and the unit has been very beneficial. 

When it opened Weavers Croft provided 24 inpatient beds but due to a perceived need for fewer mental health beds for older people, and because it no longer provides beds for respite care, the unit now has 18 beds.

Gloucestershire Partnership Trust are now proposing to close Weavers Croft and two similar units and to re-locate all patients to one unit in Charlton Lane, Cheltenham.

We believe very strongly that Weavers Croft should be allowed to continue to provide the fine health care appreciated so highly by patients and carers because:-

  • it has a proven record of providing high quality sensitive health care in a very safe environment
  • it is located within a vibrant caring community which has a large population
  • it is part of a community hospital complex with access to the extensive services provided at Stroud General Hospital
  • it is environmentally and socially unwise to increase the distances we need to travel

Older people with mental health problems have special needs because:-

  • they are more receptive to known and familiar surroundings and people and it is therefore quite intolerable to send them and their carers to Cheltenham
  • the journey for older carers to Cheltenham from the areas served by Weavers Croft is very difficult and often daunting

We appreciate that the Gloucestershire Partnership Trust has a financial deficit but it is unfair and disproportionate to reduce their budget for older people so drastically. Furthermore, they have said that they will be financially unable to increase community services as much as they would like.

To close Weavers Croft would be a move contrary to the principles of the recent White Paper on Health which encourages the delivery of health care nearer to where people live.  It looks to give more choice to people as to where they receive health care.

Our General Practitioners strongly support the retention of Weavers Croft because it is offering an excellent service to our community.

We believe we have an enduring human responsibility to act in the best interest of a very dear and vulnerable group of our people.  This is a cause of great urgency, deep social responsibility and of interest to us all as individuals.   Please join us by:-

  • writing to the Gloucestershire Partnership Trust to express your views.  Please address questions to:
    Mr Jeff James
    Chief Executive
    Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust
    Gloucester  GL1 1LY

  • Further contact details and ideas about ways to help save Weavers Croft can be found on the What You Can Do page.

Weavers Croft
Bed at Weavers Croft

Gloucestershire Partnership Trust have published their consultation document on these proposals, which can be found online here.


The Trust has also made available a short video detailing the proposals and the decision making criteria behind them.  This is available by visiting the Trust's web site here.

Latest News & Events
Feedback on Weavers Croft
There will be a feeback meeting on Weavers Croft on Friday 9th November.   read more...
IRP Report published - 31st Aug.
The IRP publishes its report on Mental Health Proposals.   read more...
Secretary of State's decision awaited - August 20th
A decision from Secretary of State Alan Johnson on the Mental Health Proposals is expected soon.   read more...
Secretary of State refers Weavers Croft decision - 25th April
Secretary of State for Health Patricia hewitt has referred the decision on Weavers Croft to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.   read more...
Weavers Croft decision referred to Secretary of State - 6th November
The OSC met Monday 6th November and decided to refer proposals concerning older peoples mental health services to The Secretary of State for Health.   read more...
Latest Position on Weavers Croft - 28th October
The OSC has asked for more details on proposed closures to mental health services including Weavers Croft.   read more...
OSC meets to consider Weavers Croft - 10th October
The Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meets on 10th October to consider the position with Weavers Croft.   read more...
Latest position on Stroud Services - 24th September
Important decisions have been made concerning both Weavers Croft and Stroud Maternity (SAVED!!!) in recent days.   read more...
Stroud Maternity Hospital has been saved and will not close, following decisions taken by the relevant PCTs on 21st September.   read more...
Maternity Consultation closes - 4th September


The consultation period on proposals including the closure of Stroud Maternity has ended.   read more...

GCC OSC Meets to discuss Mental Health - 22nd August
Gloucestershire County Council's Health Ovireview and Scrutiny Committee met to discuss the Mental Health Proposals.   read more...
Weavers Croft Consultation closes - 11th August


The consultation on proposals affecting Weavers Croft has ended, and the Save Stroud Hospitals Taskforce submitted its formal response.   read more...

Pamela Harper makes national news - 19th July
Pamela Harper, whose husband Ken is an in-patient at Weavers Croft, made national news this week, appearing on BBC News.   read more...
Mental Health Consultation Response - 17th July
We have received a letter from the Chief Executive of the Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust in reply to more than 800 responses they have received to their Mental Health Proposals.   read more...
Weavers Croft further extension - 29th June
The Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust Board has agreed to extend the consultation period on Weavers Croft to the full 12 weeks we have been seeking. It will now end on 11th August   read more...
Weaver's Croft Consultation Extended - 19th June
The consultation period on the Gloucestershire Partnership Trust's Mental Health Proposals has been extended by three weeks to 14th July.   read more...
The Observer - 18th June
An article on the proposed closure of Stroud Maternity appeared in Sunday's Observer.   read more...
Maternity Consultation begins - 12th June
Proposls which include the closure of Stroud Maternity have finally been put out to public consultation.   read more...
Stroud town march - 10th June
Thousands took to the streets of Stroud on Saturday to voice their opposition to health service cuts.  Were you there?  Photo gallery now online.   read more...
Useful Links
The following links are to sites with information about the services under threat, and to other organisations mounting campaigns agains the cuts. No responsibility is accepted for their content.
Privacy Statement  |  Terms Of Use © 2006 Stroud Hospitals League of Friends. Site design and hosting by Bankside Systems Ltd.