Starting in January 2010, the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s £12million redevelopment of Newton Lodge is on target to be complete by August this year.
Newton Lodge, also known as The Yorkshire Centre for Forensic Psychiatry, is a 100 bed regional medium secure hospital, based at Fieldhead in Wakefield.
The service provides specialist mental health care and treatment to service users from across the Yorkshire and Humber region who require care in hospital under the Mental Health Act (1983) within a medium secure environment.
Service users are admitted from a variety of establishments including prison, the courts and other hospitals. Some service users have come into contact with the criminal justice system, whilst others may have been admitted as a result of their challenging behaviour, linked to their mental health condition.
The first phase of the development was completed in 2012 and saw the opening of a new £4.8million activity centre along with the first new bedroom block, Waterton.
The opening of the Johnson Ward earlier this year heralded the successful completion of phase two.
The 15-bed ward is purpose built and is designed for use as a 10 bed acute female ward and 5 bed rehabilitation ward.
The Johnson Ward has allowed the Trust to increase the number of beds by ten, for Yorkshire women who currently require medium secure NHS care but have to receive it out of the local area. It means women are able to receive care locally, closer to their communities, their family and friends.
Alongside the new 15 en-suite bedrooms in the Johnson Ward there are also lounge and dining areas and two new therapy rooms and activity kitchens allowing therapeutic sessions to be held within the ward environment.
Dr Adrian Berry, director of forensic services, commented:
“The redevelopment marks a significant investment for Wakefield, the local region and quality of care for local people. The redevelopment gives us a first class 21st century facility ideal for modern health care.”
Bernard Fee, Trust non-executive director, said:
“Because staff were actively involved in planning all phases of the redevelopment it has ensured that the new areas are not only suitable and safe but also offer great flexibility for a variety of therapeutic activity and clinical treatment.
“On final completion of the scheme later in 2013 we shall have an outstanding building that supports the delivery of quality care which continues to be the focus of all our dedicated staff within the service.”
Dunwoodie are the architects on the development, whilst Interserve is the main contractor. The UK based firm is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors.