A new rehabilitation unit for adults from across Lancashire recovering from mental illness has been officially opened.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Moss View Unit in Heysham was officially opened by David Morris MP after undergoing a complete renovation.
The ceremony was attended by service users and members of staff as well as representatives from organisations that work with the health trust.
The project took eight months to complete and replaces the services previously provided at Daisy Bank in Lancaster.
The new unit has also created more than 30 new jobs.
The site houses a Community Rehabilitation Unit (CRU) which has been arranged into four mini flats with 12 beds in total.
Each area has been designed to replicate an ordinary living environment, including kitchen areas to allow service users to cook meals and socialise.
It aims to assist people with the progression to a more independent way of living during a period of clinical rehabilitation.
The unit also provides 10 high dependency rehabilitation beds with en-suite facilities and a range of clinical rooms to accommodate service users with more complex mental health needs.
Heather Tierney-Moore, Chief Executive at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are very pleased Mr Morris was able to join us and officially open the new unit.
“It is a wonderful facility and provides a great setting for the service users’ rehabilitation.
“By replicating an ordinary living environment the unit provides the service users with an increased sense of independence.
“This in turn can help their overall health and wellbeing, as well as boosting their confidence with regards integrating back into the community after a stay in hospital.”
Helen Lynch, Moss View’s senior service manager who oversaw the project added: “We are really pleased with the final look of the unit and the benefits this style of accommodation will bring to service users.
“Those who attended the opening had the chance to speak to staff and see the improvements at the new site and the feedback we received was great.
“The unit aims to help service users to develop daily living skills such as shopping, cooking and budgeting as well as opportunities for social inclusion; they also learn how to cope with their illness and understand how medication will help. This means that service users will be able to focus on preparing for a return to independent living while at the same time having the support of onsite clinicians to provide assistance with their recovery.”
David Morris MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale said he was “pleased” to have bee invited.
He said: “it is an excellent new rehabilitation service for adults to support them in their recovery from mental illness and will be a real asset to the community here in Morecambe and Lunesdale.
“We are very lucky to have such a dedicated team of sixty two staff at Moss View.”
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