Hospital’s top award in report

WATHWOOD Hospital has been rated as the top medium secure mental health unit in the UK.

The Wath-based unit, which provides care for 56 male adult patients, received the highest overall score for quality out of 69 facilities across England, Wales and Ireland.

The ratings were published in the quality Nntwork for forensic mental health services – cycle 6 annual report.

Scores were compiled in a number of key areas including safety, patient focus, governance and amenities.

Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s chief executive, Professor Mike Cooke CBE said: “This is fantastic news.

“To score so highly in a national league is a very strong result and one we should be rightly proud of.

“It reflects the hard work of our staff at Wathwood Hospital and the dedication they show to our patients, to ensure they receive the highest quality care and treatment in safe and secure surroundings.”

The report praised Wathwood for its patient shop for offering valuable work experience opportunities to patients.

The patient library and e-learning facilities were noted to be excellent and to rival that of a community library.

Meanwhile, a new unit is due to be opened at the hospital this week which is designed to support patients preparing to move on from the facility.

The lodges will provide a step-down facility offering flexible accommodation for patients nearing discharge back into the community.

This new building will provide an additional 20 beds, but the first phase sees an initial eight beds open.

General manager Steve Ball said: “Our aim is to equip patients with the ability to integrate into the community on discharge.

“The lodges will provide them with the opportunity to review, refine and test out relapse prevention interventions they acquired along the hospital pathway and ensure they maintain such skills in the community.”