P+HS has worked with Mansells to enhance mental health facilities at Furness General Hospital for the Cumbria Partner-ship NHS Foundation Trust.
Awarded through the ProCure21 Framework, the project started on site in January 2011 and involved a phased redevel-opment of existing facilities to form bespoke Adult Acute and Dementia units on a shared site.
Phase 1 was completed in November 2011, creating an outstanding new inpatient facility for adults experiencing acute mental illness; the unit is now fully operational and has received a warm response from patients and staff. The spacious new development replaces the traditional image of mental healthcare facilities and dormitory wards, with 20 single en suite rooms in a light, bright environment specifically designed to have a positive impact on recovery rates.
Phase 2 of the development involved the creation of a centre of excellence for Dementia Assessment. An existing unit has moved to the new Dane Garth development to allow specialist dementia facilities and staff to be shared. The new unit is better equipped to deal with complex and challenging behaviour, limiting the need for vulnerable patients to travel further afield. 15 single en-suite bedrooms have been designed with the flexibility to allow for separation according to age and gender, improving the privacy and dignity afforded to patients. The scheme also addresses the need for therapeutic and social spaces and includes gardens and a sensory room, improving surroundings for relatives, staff, visitors and patients.