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Trust opens new ward for mental health patients

Today Nottinghamshire Healthcare officially opened a 16 bedded ward for male adult mental health patients to ensure they can be treated closer to home.

The beds have been subcontracted to the Trust from Priory Healthcare, in a two year-deal and will be used by male adults requiring inpatient mental health treatment. This will ensure that patients can receive inpatient care locally, supported by our community services.

Having further acute beds in Nottinghamshire will also allow families, friends and carers to have easier access when visiting their loved ones, ensuring their participation in their care and recovery.

Newstead Ward at the Calverton Hill facility will start admitting patients from tomorrow (1 May) and the official opening was held today. Calverton Hill, in Arnold, is a medium secure unit for adults with mental illness or personality disorders. The Trust also manages Bestwood Ward at the facility which is a ward for female patients.

Newstead Ward has been refurbished to create a normal acute ward suitable for our patients.

Dr John Brewin, Chief Executive at Nottinghamshire Healthcare said:

"The demand for adult mental health beds has continued to increase since we opened Bestwood Ward at the Calverton Hill facility in 2017 and we wanted to continue to be able to provide more care for people closer to home. This new ward provides an opportunity for us to do that and will ultimately benefit patients and their families.

“We are delighted to continue to work with Priory Healthcare by opening another ward for adult mental health patients and look forward to building on our successful partnership.”

Gair Stott, Chief Operating Officer, Priory Healthcare said:

 “As a leading provider of behavioural mental healthcare, we are very pleased to be working alongside Nottinghamshire Healthcare in helping provide this important facility for the local community. It makes absolute sense that patients are treated near to their homes and their loved ones, and, where we can work with forward-looking Trusts like Nottinghamshire Healthcare to achieve this, we are delighted to do so.”


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Notes to the editor:

Nottinghamshire Healthcare is positive about providing integrated healthcare services, including mental health, learning disability and physical health services. Over 9000 dedicated staff provide these services in a variety of settings, ranging from the community through to acute wards, as well as secure settings. The Trust manages two medium secure units, Arnold Lodge in Leicester and Wathwood Hospital in Rotherham, and the high secure Rampton Hospital near Retford.  It also provides healthcare in prisons across the East Midlands. Its budget for 2019/20 is £465m.

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Priory Healthcare is part of the Priory Group, the leading provider of behavioural care in the UK, caring for around 30,000 people a year for conditions including depression, stress, drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders and self-harming. The Group is organised into three divisions - healthcare, education and children's services, and adult care. The Priory Group is owned by NASDAQ-listed Acadia Healthcare, which is recognised as a global leader in behavioural health. From 30 November 2016, 66 Partnerships in Care sites became part of the Priory.

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