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Patients have moved into a state of the art new facility that will transform the delivery of mental health care in Furness.
The new acute unit at Dane Garth (located at Furness General Hospital) now contains 20 single en-suite rooms in a contemporary and modern environment which is designed to speed up recovery rates and reduce the stigma associated with mental ill health. The new centre of excellence also includes space for a range of activities, including an external courtyard, garden retreat, small gym area and sensory room. Social spaces provide room for daily living activities and a comfortable environment for meeting relatives and friends.
Carol Warren, Ward Manager for Dane Garth, said: “Every effort has been made to ensure that new development will make a significant difference to our service users’ stay in hospital and ultimately their recovery. The emphasis has been placed on an excellent and forward thinking therapeutic environment by making the best use of space, light, art and modern technology. All bedrooms provide a high standard of single en suite accommodation which not only maintains privacy and dignity but also gives patients their personal space.”
An open day took place on Monday, December 12 which gave interested staff and stakeholders the opportunity to visit the new multi-million pound Dane Garth facility and walk around the acute unit. It allowed a unique window to see the modern contemporary facilities at the newly refurbished facility before patients moved in on Wednesday, December
Tracy Brimage (Non-Excutive Director for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the Stakeholder Steering Group for Dane Garth) was at the open day and said: "I think that it is important that we involved carers and service users. I'm so happy that we've got this because it's going to be so good for patients, it's going to be so good for our staff - it's amazing. Just walking into the entrance it feels really therapeutic. If I was a mum and my son was coming to this unit it feels like this is the place he would get better."
At the open day the winning names for the new units were announced. The names for the new units at Dane Garth have been selected following a competition to find names to replace ‘Beckside’ and the old ‘Manor’
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust launched a competition earlier this year to ask staff, patients and the public for their name suggestions. In total, 36 sets of name suggestions were received. These were shown to staff and patients who voted on their favourite names to go on a shortlist. The shortlist was then sent to a judging panel comprising of Andy Roach, Executive Director of Operations, Tracy Brimage, Non Executive Director, Peter Kirkby, Governor, Meryl Taylor, Furness Locality General Manager and a representative from Mansell who donated the prize.
The new acute unit that is almost complete will be named ‘Dova Unit’ and the dementia assessment unit will be called ‘Ramsey Unit’.
The winner of the competition is Helen Huck, Lead Pharmacist. She said: “I looked on old maps of Barrow for local place names, as I felt it important for the wards to have local identity. Ramsey and Dova Haw are islands in the Walney channel off Barrow, although Ramsey is now part of the dock system. People can associate islands with peacefulness, which is important for our wards, so I suggested the names Dova and Ramsey. I hope the people of Furness like the new names. I was really surprised and very pleased to win.”
She wins £250 voucher towards the cost of a break at Center Parcs donated by Mansell
Tim Holliday, Project Manager said: “The local place names were the most popular among patients and staff consulted.”