Patients treated closer to home at new mental health ward

A brand new ward has opened at one of Cornwall’s mental health units. The opening of the 15 additional mental health beds, aims to eliminate the need for unnecessary out of county care well ahead of the NHS England target of 2020/21 in line with the recommendations of the ‘Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’.

Patients treated closer to home at new mental health ward

Cove Ward, based at Longreach House in Redruth was opened today by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Chair, Dr Barbara Vann, in a ribbon cutting ceremony, which was attended by staff and local stakeholders.

Upon officially opening the new ward, Dr Vann commented: “I am delighted that we are opening this wonderful addition to our service. Cove Ward will enable people in Cornwall to be treated and looked after nearer to their homes and families. We know this will aid their recovery.”

The new ward will be a 15 bed fast-tracked rehabilitation unit and aims to promote a patient-centred, fast-tracked discharge and support patients to return to, and remain well in the community.

Cove Ward is part of a number of initiatives instigated by the Trust to address the current pressures faced by acute inpatient mental health services, whilst preventing future out of county adult acute inpatient mental health services and provide a better service for patients.

The opening of the additonal beds has been supported by the Trust’s Commissioners, NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group.

Joby Plant, Cove Ward Manager, commented “My team and I are excited to be opening the door to patients this week. We will be focussing on providing intensive patient-centred care to support the transition from the ward back to home. We aim to do this by providing short term rehabilitation and assistance with practical issues that might otherwise delay discharge.

“This is an exciting service development and one we hope will contribute strongly to keeping people close to their families, friends and support networks.”