£2m for mental health
PATIENTS with mental health problems can now access innovative therapies from a new “one-stop” facility.
Parkside Mental Health Resource Centre represents a £2m investment in Middlesbrough’s mental health treatment.
And team manager Jane Harpin said the new building is driving a positive impact on patient care.
“Our building makes stronger relationships,” she said.
“Before we had one building per team across Middlesbrough. Now we have five teams all based in one building so communication is much better and it really improves the personal journey.
“There’s the access team that is the initial start of the journey really.
“That is the first point of contact. Then it is either passed to the affective disorder, psychosis or early intervention in psychosis team.
“A team of social workers are based here as well and they work across all those teams as well, so it makes it al- most seamless.”
The teams were previously split between Phoenix Lodge in Middlesbrough and Lakeside in Hemlington.
Patients were involved in planning and designing the new building – even picking its wall art and bright colour scheme. Meeting rooms have been designed to be flexible to use, and can accommodate a range of treatment, including innovative art sessions.
“Art therapy is one of the NICE guidelines which were encouraged to provide to people who come into the psychosis unit,” said Ms Harpin. “It works for a number of people on a number of levels. It’s a non-verbal treatment which provides another form of communicating people’s inner emotions.”
The Park Road building was officially opened by the chairman of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust, Lesley Bessant. She said: “This modern facility will help us ensure that we continue to provide the highest level of care and support.”