Work on Thames Lodge, our new medium secure unit (MSU) is progressing well
Currently being constructed on the St Bernard’s site, Thames Lodge once completed, together with the regional secure unit (RSU)* and the Wells Unit, will make up the Three Bridges Medium Secure Campus. This much needed redevelopment will result in fit for purpose accommodation and an exceptional environment in which to deliver patient care.
This spring, as exterior building works have now passed their halfway mark, the redevelopment team has been focussing on making sure we’re getting the inside of Thames Lodge, our new medium secure unit, right. So far, NHS trusted furniture suppliers have been invited in to discuss the types of necessary equipment needed, this was followed by an all-day furniture fair giving staff and service users the opportunity to give feedback, make suggestions and tell the redevelopment team which of the 100 pieces they preferred.
Staff, service users and carers were also asked to come along and view our updated mock bedroom. Their comments and recommendations received from the first mock bedroom viewings in late 2012, helped our contractors create a sample room with facilities suited to service user needs and soon, contractors will begin installing the final version inside the new unit.
Our recent art competition for service users illustrated the creativity and talent which exists on this site. From the entries, we identified six imaginative pieces which will adorn the walls of Thames Lodge staffing areas, when it opens in early 2016.
As the project progresses, we will keep providing opportunities for stakeholder involvement and engagement; these include carers’ visits, service user workshops and staff surveys which will allow us to continue incorporating their feedback, views and ideas.
The redevelopment of St Bernard’s will see the biggest improvements in mental health services on the Ealing site for a number of years. So, it’s important that everyone has the chance to have their say and tell us how they think we can make our services better for the local community. If you would like to get involved, invite a member of the redevelopment team to update your group or join our mailing list please email: email@example.com or call 020 8354 8836.
* Following the opening of our Three Bridges Medium Secure Campus, the RSU will be renamed Medway Lodge.