Last week saw the official opening of a brand new ward within Woodlands Hospital in Salford. The redesign which cost over £4Million forms part of the plans to modernise and improve services for older adults and their carers whilst strengthening Community Services as part of the Acute Care Pathway and development of the Centre of Excellence in Salford.
The development of the Woodlands Hospital has involved building a new ward for delivery of all older people’s mental health inpatient services across Bolton and Salford. Further development is planned for the services offered to older people at Woodlands Hospital to create a Centre of Excellence, with a concentration of highly skilled therapy staff and dedicated senior medical leadership, in a modern dementia friendly environment.
The new ward which includes 25 beds for both male and female patients, communal patient areas, family rooms and a kitchen was officially opened last week by Alan Maden, Chair of Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMW). The event was attended by staff and service users from Bolton and Salford and their carers.
Annette Rooney, Assistant Director of Older Peoples Services in Salford for GMW said:
“These changes support the Acute Care Pathway which overall will drive intense home-based treatment visits, allow a more effective use of beds, reduce the need for admission and allow the timely and effective discharge of inpatient service users.”
“These developments will not only help strengthen medical input on inpatient wards and allow high intensity support in the community, but it has enabled us to continue to provide high quality care in a purpose-built, contemporary facility.”
The Centre of Excellence has another two wards with a combined number of 52 beds for inpatient service users. Patients from Bolton and Salford have now moved into the new ward.