Work to begin on Millbrook Mental Health Unit

CONSTRUCTION work to improve and modernise the care facilities at Sutton’s Millbrook Mental Health Unit will begin next month.

The developments to the unit, which is managed by Nottinghamshire Healthcare, will include the refurbishment of Meden Ward, an adult mental health ward, and the Maun and Kingsley Wards, which care for older people two mental health wards for older people.

Ensuite facilities will be provided in single rooms and bays on all three wards.

A new Section 136 Suite will also be built to improve current facilities providing a place of safety for vulnerable adults requiring a psychiatric assessment.

Health chiefs say the refurbishment will provide excellent, modern and accessible facilities, with improved privacy and dignity for people needing to access inpatient mental health services.

The Section 136 Suite will also mean more people requiring these services can be seen locally.

As part of the improvement work the Meden Ward will be temporarily relocated to Ward two at King’s Mill Hospital for an estimated 36 week period during the refurbishment programme.

Kingsley Ward will also be relocated to the Maun Ward once completed so that the vacated ward can be refurbished.

Nick Daibell, general manager of adult mental health services county, said: “We are delighted that these developments at Millbrook will soon be underway.

“They will result in significant improvements to the care environment and ensure that people receive their support in high quality and welcoming facilities.”

The improvements have also been welcomed by Andrea Ward, general manager mental health services for older people, who said: “We welcome these exciting developments, which will build upon the Trust’s continued commitment to dignity and compassion in the care of older people.”

The refurbishment programme is due for completion in December 2012.