Samantha Wathen of campaign group Keep Our NHS Public, added: “Our local NHS service is already grossly overstretched and care for patients in crisis will now fall to the ambulance service to transport service users a 45 minute trip to Devizes.

” Alternatively, people experiencing a mental health crisis may well be inappropriately detained in police custody. The likelihood of the 136 facility reopening after this period when this was AWP’s decision all along is debatable.”

It is not yet known when the temporary closure of the Swindon suite would come into force.