11 February 2016

Ten tremendous years of Teign

Teign CakeThe team at Teign is celebrating ten years of the women's medium secure service.

Teign, which is part of the Fromeside medium secure service at Blackberry Hill Hospital, was a new service created when our secure services expanded a decade ago. Staff - both past and present - got together with friends and families for a celebration on Wednesday 10 February, organised by Kate Chard, Teign's activities co-ordinator.

Kate said, "Our women's medium secure service has made a huge difference for women and families from across our region, and it was lovely to celebrate the achievements of the first ten years of this amazing service. There has been a passionate, innovative team here throughout that time and we have great feedback from our clients. The women who are with us at the moment worked incredibly hard on displays for this morning's celebration - the results were outstanding and created a real focal point for our guests."

Theresa Tattan, consultant psychiatrist for Teign, said, "Before Teign was opened there was no women's medium secure service in the West. Women from across the region who needed secure mental health services had to be placed in other parts of the country, usually at a huge distance from their homes and families. In the time since we opened, we've continued to develop our service and we are extremely proud of our work helping women who are often very vulnerable to manage their mental health, overcome harmful behaviours and build positive lives."

The cutting of a cake donated by a local bakery, pictured, created a focal point for the celebration.

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