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Final foundation stone laid for new unit

21 May 2014

St Bernard's MSU - Concrete PouringThe trust today celebrates the laying of the last foundation stone on its new male medium secure unit on the St Bernard’s Hospital site in Ealing.

This event signals the completion of ground works and the 18 month countdown to completion of the new hospital. This event took place just five months after demolition of the existing building began and the project received Department of Health approval.

The new unit will provide fit for purpose accommodation in which to provide mental health treatment. In conjunction with the regional secure unit and wells unit, it will complete the Three Bridges medium secure campus.

It includes a primary healthcare suite, and large communal gardens, and the new campus will support the recovery and rehabilitation process.

Following the event, Nigel McCorkell, chairman of West London Mental Health NHS Trust, said: ’The progress this project has made in such a short space of time is outstanding. As well as a host of other improvements the new building will bring, it will allow us to meet commissioner requirements and plan further improvements for other Ealing services in the near future.

Placing the medium secure unit in this location was the most suitable and viable option. Once open, we will be able to offer medium secure service users appropriate accommodation and better working conditions for the staff delivering their treatment and care.”

Construction of the new medium secure unit is scheduled to be completed in November 2015 and service users will be moving in during early 2016.

As well as constructing the new 80 bed medium secure unit, the trust has made a number of other changes, ensuring better use of the estate. These have included moving some of its local services into refurbished accommodation at St Bernard’s, transferring the pychiatric intensive care unit to Hammersmith and relocating the majority of its corporate services to its new trust headquarters in Armstrong Way, Southall.

Now, buildings and land no longer used for the provision of clinical services can be sold off, generating funding for future improvements. The trust recently completed on a sale worth £18 million and this money has been earmarked to finance further developments on the St Bernard’s site.

For more information, contact Celia Dadzie, communications manager: 020 8354 8718 / celia.dadzie@wlmht.nhs.uk.

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