Great news from the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust that dormitories will now be eliminated on mental health wards.
It has now been confirmed that the Trust has secured investment to replace dormitories with modern, individual private rooms. The works will cost £26million and is part of national £400m programme, with completion over the next 2/3 years.
In addition to improving inpatient units, the Trust has just launched new Neighbourhood Mental Health Teams across Herefordshire and in Malvern, Wyre Forest and the rural areas of Worcestershire (Martley, Knightwick, Great Witley and Tenbury).
These teams are made up of mental health professionals, GPs and voluntary and community organisations to provide better alternatives to ward admission which will help people with longer-term mental health conditions get support in their local area, closer to home. This is part of a national pilot with plans to roll out the approach across Worcestershire in the future.