A CHARITY is launching a new service in Coppull to provide an alternative to A&E for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, has received funding from the NHS to open a crisis house on Chapel Lane in the village to provide emergency accommodation for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

The service will operate from a purpose renovated property providing a short stay intervention service fully supported by trained staff.

The service, which will have capacity for six patients staying for up to a week, will open from April 2017, with the potential for a second service opening in the east of the county at a later date.

Joe Redmond, managing director for Richmond Fellowship, said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to provide a crisis house in Lancashire.

“Elsewhere in the country our crisis houses have been a huge success in providing key support to people experiencing a mental health crisis where A&E admission is not the right thing for their wellbeing.

“Our crisis houses are fully supported by trained staff and give mental health teams more options for crisis management, ultimately saving the NHS time and money.”

The charity said research showed that up to 43 per cent of people can be better supported through a short stay in a crisis house as opposed to A&E admission.

Lisa Moorhouse, adult mental health network director at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are really looking forward to working in partnership with Richmond Fellowship to provide crisis house support.

"There is an increasing demand on mental health services in Lancashire and as part of this we have been working hard to determine what services are needed to ensure people are well supported.

"Richmond Fellowship provides a number of crisis houses across the country which offer a safe, recovery focused intervention for people in the community.

“The crisis house in Chorley will ensure that people in crisis are accessing the right service at the right time, as well as providing an alternative to those presenting themselves A&E in crisis.

“We are hoping to open a second house in East Lancashire later next year.”