28 November 2013
Windswept Unit on the move!
The Windswept Unit which
provides mental health rehabilitation services in Swindon, has
relocated to a newly furbished building on the Sandalwood Court
The previous unit was situated in a three story 10 bed Victorian
house in Old Town. This had become too small, with the dining room
also having to be used for therapies and activities and there was
restricted access for people with mobility problems.
These limitations have been overcome in the new single storey
unit. This offers an additional four rehab beds, available to other
AWP localities or to other Trusts, along with dedicated rooms for
therapeutic activity and reflection. A self- contained flat is also
available for users in the last stage of rehabilitation to prepare
them for living independently. An occupational therapist will also
join the team of 20 support workers, nurses, psychologists and
doctors and cleaning staff.
Paula May Head of Professional Practice for AWP Swindon says,
"We are very excited about this move. Being integrated within
the Sandalwood site, there will be excellent access to acute ward
staff, intensive team, medical staff and the Active Life
team. This will enable us to take service users with more complex
mental health problems and to provide better support in times
Staff, service users and carers have been involved from the
outset in planning the move. As one of the current service users
explains, 'We've helped choose fixtures and fittings such as
carpets and kitchens and have bought art work and soft furnishings
to help make it feel like home. It's great that the new unit is on
a good bus route, near to town and has better parking for our
Last Thursday 21 November, the new unit threw open its doors to
local health, social and voluntary care professionals. Many thanks
to Swindon Community Radio 105.5 for their coverage of the event
Swindon Advertiser for their article and photo.