Why does no-one want to talk about the £4 million pound Sydenham House?

Politics / Wed 5th Feb 2014 at 09:56am

YOUR HARLOW is only seven months old and just finding its way in the world of Harlow politics. But on two occasions, people have asked us: “Is Sydenham House still open? I walked past the other day and it looked..closed.”

To recap, in 2004, Sydenham House was opened in a blaze of publicity. It cost £4 million and although there are a number of parts to it, the majority of the area is dedicated to the intermediate care of dementia sufferers.


However, it appears that over the last ten years there has been a change in policy regarding the treatment of dementia sufferers.

Many patients are encouraged to stay in their homes for as long as possible until they have to enter a nursing home.

The consequence appears to be that the unit is not being used to its full potential.

We asked the chief executive of the Harlow Health Centre Trust, Carol Sizeland whether she thought Sydenham House was maximising its potential. She declined to comment.

Ms Sizeland signposted us to Alison Manton from the West Essex CCG. Ms Manton has not replied to our request for a comment at the time of publication.

To be continued….

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