£4m mental health unit is unveiled

Pictured at Swallownest Court at the opening of the new 'ly re-furbished Mental health facilty for adults
Pictured at Swallownest Court at the opening of the new 'ly re-furbished Mental health facilty for adults
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A PIONEERING mental health unit has been unveiled in Rotherham offering state-of-the-art services for patients.

Swallownest Court in Swallownest, run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, will welcome its first in-patients next month.

Wards have been refurbished and a new purpose-built psychiatric intensive care unit – PICU – added, following a £4 million investment by the health trust.

Patients, carers and staff came together at an open day when they enjoyed a sneak preview of new facilities.

Gary Millard, assistant director for adult inpatient mental health services at the trust, said: “We were delighted to welcome our service users, their carers, and staff to the new accommodation.

“The refurbishment and newly-built PICU represent significant investment in the care and treatment of local adults who have mental health problems, and demonstrate our commitment to providing the best possible care in an environment that is fully fit for purpose.”

Patients who are residents across three wards at Rotherham Hospital will transfer to the new wards – named Osprey, Sandpiper and Kingfisher – from this week.

Osprey and Sandpiper, which provide ground-floor, single sex accommodation with en-suite bathrooms for 18 patients, have been modernised to a high-specification design, providing easy access to all on-site facilities such as the fully landscaped gardens.

The Kingfisher psychiatric centre is a new, purpose-built five-bed unit catering for patients who need intensive care, while Goldcrest, the existing Swallownest Court recovery and rehabilitation ward, will continue to accommodate 19 people.

Mr Millard said: “A lot of work has gone into planning these developments and everything has run on schedule and to budget.

“All the staff involved deserve sincere thanks for their dedication to making this happen.”