There’s just around two months to go until Thames Lodge, our new medium secure unit (MSU) opens on the St Bernard’s site. This, together with the existing regional secure unit (which will be renamed Medway Lodge) and the Wells Unit, will make up the new Three Bridges medium secure unit.
The new unit will replace outdated medium secure buildings with fit for purpose accommodation in a bright, welcoming environment that will help our staff keep delivering excellent medium secure care and continuously improve services.
The outside of the building is complete and most of the paving, parking bays and street furniture have already been installed. With the roof watertight, Kier our construction partners, are focusing on internal works including fitting fixed furniture, flooring and decorating.
We continue to work closely with service users, carers and staff to select all the necessary furniture, plan our menus for the fresh cook kitchen and the install interior art work which has been selected by staff and service users. Work on move plans is well underway which will help prepare service users and staff for their relocation, ensuring they transfer to Thames Lodge with minimum disruption, in January 2016.
We also recently completed our new clinical model, which has been developed in collaboration with service users, carers and mental health professionals. This together with the new unit will go a long way in helping us achieve our plans for the improvement of male medium secure services on this site.
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