28 November 2013

Windswept Unit on the move!

WindsweptteamThe Windswept Unit which provides mental health rehabilitation services in Swindon, has relocated to a newly furbished building on the Sandalwood Court site.

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 of emergency."

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 visitors."

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 and the Swindon Advertiser for their article and photo. 

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