New 34.m therapy centre at Fieldhead Hospital

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A MULTI-million pound activity centre for mental health patients has been opened at Fieldhead Hospital.

The £4.8m facility includes a sports hall, kitchen, workshop, music room and art studio.

Bosses at South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust opened the centre this week as part of a £12m upgrade of Newton Lodge, a 90-bed medium secure unit at the hospital.

The centre is designed for therapeutic activities and includes a primary care treatment suite at the hospital on Ouchthorpe Lane, Wakefield.

And it will help meet environmental targets by using underfloor heating throughout and windcatchers in the sports hall to avoid the need for air conditioning.

Sue Threadgold, clinical lead and project manager at Fieldhead, said: “We are delighted with the new activity centre.

“It is a fantastic space that will really improve the quality of life for people who receive care here, many of whom are with us for a number of years.

“We are committed to involving people in a range of activities that interest them and promote their recovery, from art to aerobics, circuit training to cycle maintenance. We have something to interest everyone.”

The redeployment at Fieldhead involves demolishing and building on the existing site.

Its next phase will see new bedroom facilities and the expansion of Fieldhead’s specialist women’s service, increasing the number of women who can get specialist NHS care locally.

Interserve Construction is managing contractors working on the scheme, which is funded though the trust’s capital finances and should be complete by August 2013.

Adrian Berry, director of forensic services, said: “The benefits of the new activity centre will be felt very quickly as we continue to provide structured, person-centred activity for each individual we care for, aiding their recovery.

“A key feature of the new centre is the primary care suite which includes treatment and consulting rooms and a dental suite.

“This means we can ensure people we care for get exactly the same standard of NHS primary care as the rest of the country, but within our medium secure service.”