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Woodlands mental health unit opens

After a decade of hard work and dedication Ipswich’s new ultra-modern mental health wards are due to receive their first patients.

Starting 4th July 2011, service users from Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust’s adult wards at St Clement’s Hospital and later life wards at Minsmere House will transfer to Woodlands, the state-of-the-art mental health facility at Heath Road hospital site in Ipswich.

“The service users are looking forward to the move as only a few of them have been over to see the new wards,” said Margaret Little, Acute Service Manager. “There is an air of excitement among staff and service users alike, as the event we have been talking about for years is finally happening!

“A great deal of planning for the moves has been done by the clinical staff and I’m sure there may be some nerves. However we have high numbers of staff available across both the old and new wards to ensure the smoothest transfer and to help service users settle in to their new accommodation.

“This project has always been about providing the best mental health care possible in an environment that is fit for this purpose. We are extremely pleased that our patients and staff will now benefit from buildings that are of exceptional standards.”

Woodlands, has received some excellent feedback after holding open days for staff and local partner organisations.

Mrs Little added: “We have received lots of fantastic comments about the wonderful use of space, how light and airy the buildings are, how the garden areas are nicely laid out – everyone has been really impressed.


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