04 November 2020
Specialist dementia unit to be upgraded
Patients needing specialist dementia mental health care in Bath
and North East Somerset are set to be treated and cared for in new
high quality accommodation, following a government cash injection
to overhaul outdated dormitory-style facilities.
Nearly £3 million is to be invested in upgrading facilities at
Hill View Lodge, the mental health inpatient unit run by Avon and
Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust, which is based
on the Royal United Hospital site in Bath.
By updating the facilities at Hill View Lodge, AWP will be able
to relocate Ward 4, its 12-bedded specialist dementia unit, which
is currently located at nearby St Martin's Hospital in Bath, less
than four miles away.
Ward 4 is the Trust's only remaining dormitory-style ward and
due to the age of the building and its existing layout is not
suitable to be reconfigured to comply with the
'Delivering Single Sex Accommodation' regulatory
Mathew Page, Chief Operating Officer for AWP, said: "The
announcement of this funding is very welcome and will ensure our
patients can be cared for in high quality accommodation more suited
to the needs of those with dementia. For some time now we have been
considering our options regarding the future of Ward 4 as we
recognise that providing care in dormitory style accommodation is
not ideal. This funding and the relocation of the ward will enable
us to improve the privacy and safety of patients, who will be
treated in a fully compliant 12-bedded ward fit for the
The funding has been announced as part of the Government's £400
million commitment over the next four years to eradicate dormitory
style accommodation from mental health facilities across the
country to improve the safety, privacy and dignity of patients with
mental health difficulties.
Once the move is complete it means the Trust will have no
dormitory style accommodation in any of its mental health inpatient
Lucy Baker, Director of Transformational Programmes, Bath and
North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, said: "It's
fantastic news that our region's mental health provider has been
awarded this much-needed funding, which will enable all of our
local mental health accommodation to be brought into the
"The refurbished facilities at Hill View Lodge will be a
considerable step up from what is available at Ward 4 in St
Martin's Hospital, and will ensure patients have access to their
own private room and adjoining bathroom. It's a truly exciting
project that will make a real difference to patients, and we look
forward to supporting AWP in making these changes a reality."
Work to transform part of the Hill View Lodge site and the
relocation of Ward 4 is expected to get underway in January, with
the relocation of patients planned for June 2021.