14 September 2017
Celebrating Severn Ward
Fromeside'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
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
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
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
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."