Millbrook Mental Health Unit is currently undergoing redevelopment with the aims of eradicating dormitory accommodation and to bring together the mental health wards for older people under one roof.
On this page we will keep you updated with the redevelopment work as it progresses.
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Progress is being made on the development of Ward 1 and 3. Ward 1 will provide single ensuite bedrooms for 18 patients over the age of 65 with mental illness. The ward will offer therapeutic day space and access to landscaped outdoor space for all patients. Ward 3 will provide single ensuite bedrooms for 18 patients over the age of 65 with dementia, again the ward will offer therapeutic day space and access to landscaped outdoor space.
Extension to Ward 3
Window replacement on Ward 3
Currently undergoing development of a new reception area which will accommodate seating for outpatients clinics which will be run Monday to Friday. A new bright reception office has been designed with staff input to meet and greet all who enter reception area whether for an appointment or visiting the hospital wards. The new design will consist of access to vending machines for out of hours together with a coffee bar hosted by League of Friends.
Here staff, patients, and visitors will be able to purchase hot and cold drinks with a variety of snacks. Whilst work is underway, a temporary reception is located at the front of the hospital. The temporary unit offers an adequate, bright and pleasant waiting area.
To help share the progress of the development, photos are displayed as staff and patients enter the out patients still located off the main hospital reception. The display is updated each week to evidence the progress being made.
The hospitals main kitchen is currently under significant development following collaboration with a specialised design team to ensure the new facility delivers what is needed to enable staff to work in a high tech and modern environment. Whilst the main kitchen and dining room work is being undertaken, a temporary kitchen is located at the front of the hospital. The Trust and contractor engaged with staff from the kitchen to support the temporary model to ensure a smooth delivery of service to the wards was maintained. In regard to staff, a take away service was introduced within the temporary kitchen to support staff, visitors and contractors which is proving to be a great success.
The new dining area will provide seating for those who wish to remain in the dining room to eat their food. This facility will be open 24 hours per day, albeit not staffed at all times, allowing visitor out of hours access to hot and cold drinks.