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Mental health wards to get £300,000 revamp
1:23pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A MENTAL health unit at a general hospital is to undergo a £300,000 makeover to improve facilities for patients.
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, which runs mental health services in Hambleton and Richmondshire, will start work next month (September) on the two wards which provide mental health care for older people and adults at the Friarage Hospital, in Northallerton.
Both wards will be decorated throughout, all the patient areas will be given new floor coverings and the bathrooms will be upgraded with new fittings.
Changes to the layout will also free up space to provide improved accommodation for the memory service.
The ground floor clinic will have its own entrance and additional outpatient rooms to improve access to assessment and treatment services for people with dementia.
This work is due to be completed by the end of January. Because of the building work and for the safety of patients, inpatient services for older people will move to West Park Hospital, in Darlington, next week for five months.
Adele Coulthard, director of operations in North Yorkshire, said: “It’s important that people with mental health problems who need to spend time in hospital are cared for in the best possible facilities.
“We hope that this refurbishment will help improve our patients’ overall experience of being in hospital by providing them with a safer and more therapeutic environment.
“We realise that the temporary relocation of beds to Darlington may cause some inconvenience for patients and their families but we will do our best to keep this a minimum.”
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