Paralympian to open new wards at low secure unit

A Paralympic athlete who competed for Team GB in the recent London 2012 Games will officially open two newly refurbished wards at The Wells Road Centre, Nottingham next week.

Cyclist Crystal Lane will declare the wards open at a special event on Wednesday 31 October. The event will celebrate the refurbishment of the wards and showcase the services provided to patients within The Wells Road Centre and also the care and support provided as they return to life in the community.

The refurbished wards, Porchester and Lister, provide low secure inpatient care to men with a mental illness requiring enhanced rehabilitation and men with a learning disability respectively.

The Wells Road Centre also provides a further two wards for men with mental illness and in 2013, will open a ward for women with a range of mental health needs who require inpatient care.

The Centre has recently been highlighted as a beacon of best practice by Sport England. As part of a Sportivate project, staff have worked with Notts County Football in the Community to ensure patients can get involved with sport and reap the benefits; overcoming barriers to participation including low motivation, lethargy and inactivity due to the side effects of medication.

Professor Mike Cooke CBE, Chief Executive of the Trust will be joining Crystal in declaring the wards officially open. He said: “I am really looking forward to seeing these fantastic facilities open to patients and am delighted we will be joined by one of the country’s amazing paralympians.

“We have been making real progress with our low secure inpatient services and next year we will be able to offer a fully integrated care pathway from high secure care through to the community for men and women with mental illness, personality disorder and learning disabilities. We are committed to delivering a quality experience to service users in secure environments and with this investment we can provide the highest standards of therapeutic care and clinical expertise within state of the art, purpose built accommodation, compliant to national low secure standards.”

The Wells Road Centre is part of Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s Low Secure and Community Forensic Directorate. The Directorate also provides a pre-discharge unit for men who are preparing to move on from low secure care and back into the community. Support in the community is provided via two community forensic teams working in the city and county, a criminal justice liaison team and a Specialist Personality Disorder Treatment Service.