14 September 2017

Celebrating Severn Ward

Severn WardFromeside's new Severn Ward has opened in style.

Staff and service users at the medium secure service celebrated last Wednesday as the 18-bed Severn Ward rehabilitation service opened for business following eight weeks of building and refurbishment works.

Severn Ward has combined the former Avon and Siston wards, creating an additional bed, improving the service and environment and creating a more supportive team structure for staff. The service remained operational during the works.

Ward manager Sally Logue said, "We are all really pleased with Severn Ward. Staff and service users worked together to decided what kinds of spaces we needed and services users helped to choose furnishings and colour schemes. The contractors were brilliant, working sensitively alongside service users throughout the project. Opening up into one ward enables us to create a single, better supported staff team and we're happy that we've achieved a much better use of the available space.

"We had several tiny rooms on the wards that were not really fit for any purpose; service users suggested we could knock these together and now we have a lovely big space for therapies and group work, which will make a big difference. We have also been able to create a room with a large screen and projector that we can use for recreational activities such as movie nights as well as clinical work."

Severn Ward supports men early in their rehabilitation journey as well as those progressing towards a move into the community. The focus is on skills for independent living and so the ward features a new kitchen and dining area for use by those who are self-catering.

Service users, staff and community colleagues took part in the Wednesday's celebration alongside chief executive Dr Hayley Richards and Specialised, Secure Services and CAMHS clinical and associate operational directors Tim Williams and Sarah Branton. Fromeside's service user-run Rivers Café provided a delicious buffet.

Hayley said, "The creation of Severn Ward marks a new chapter for our Secure Services and it was a real pleasure to celebrate with service users and staff. I'm particularly impressed by how service users, staff and contractors all worked together to carry out the alternations and improvement works while the service remained fully operational - this was a real challenge and a great example of Sally's leadership and excellent team working."

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