Hopewood, the Trust’s brand new, state of the art, £21m mental health services hub for children, young people and families, was opened to patients on Monday 4 June.
The 40 bed site on Mansfield Road in Nottingham offers specialist inpatient care and support for adolescents and perinatal women experiencing acute mental health difficulties that can no longer be managed in the community. It is also the base for the Trust’s community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and perinatal services.
Hopewood includes The Lookout Adolescent Unit, a 32 bed inpatient facility, which provides 20 more CAMHS beds than previously available. This includes a 12 bed specialist eating disorders ward and an 8 bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the first of their kind for young people in the East Midlands. Also on site is The Lookout Education Centre, provided by Nottingham City Council, which supports young people to continue their education whilst admitted to the unit. The Pebble Bridge Community CAMHS Centre is also based at Hopewood.
Perinatal services are based in Green Haven at Hopewood, including inpatient and community perinatal services. The Margaret Oates Mother and Baby Unit, which has increased from 6 to 8 beds, provides vital support for mums who have serious mental health problems shortly before or after having a baby.
The impressive facilities were designed using the insight and views of patients, their families and staff. All inpatient wards have single ensuite bedrooms, providing privacy and dignity, and access to communal areas, day spaces, private gardens and additional green space set within Hopewood’s grounds. The facilities also include new clinic and consultation rooms offering space for one to one or group therapy, with services delivered by a range of dedicated and highly skilled staff.
Ruth Hawkins, Chief Executive at the Trust, said: “We are immensely proud to open Hopewood.
"This fantastic and incredibly important facility demonstrates our commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and perinatal mums. Providing this significant increase in beds means that more young people and women can be treated locally, staying close to their homes, families and communities.
“Hopewood has been developed with patients, their families and our dedicated staff to ensure the facilities meet their needs and to create an environment where people are able to receive support, inspire hope and help them on their journey to recovery. This is a major investment in local mental health services, which will have such a positive impact on the lives of so many.”
Hopewood is located on an existing Trust site on Mansfield Road in Nottingham. It replaces the Thorneywood Adolescent Unit on Porchester Road in Nottingham and the Mother and Baby Unit previously based at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
The development was project managed by the Trust and undertaken in partnership with Kier and Gilling Dod Architects.