A NEW £8m mental health unit has opened its doors to people from Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield.
The Bretton Centre at Ouchthorpe Lane, Outwood, near Wakefield, was opened by South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust.
It provides low-security care for men.
The unit will provide assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for people who have severe mental health problems and who may have been in contact with the criminal justice system.
It will also include the Ryburn Unit, which prepares patients for discharge.
Its Oasis therapy and recreation centre includes a music studio, gym, art and craft room, function room, kitchen, IT suite, sports hall, coffee shop and access to patient advice services.
The centre has been created out of four vacant buildings. Its creation was part of a project which involved moving services from St Luke’s Hospital at Crosland Moor.
Steven Michael, the trust’s chief executive, said: “The facility not only provides an enhanced service to the people of Kirklees and Calderdale but also the Wakefield district. This enables more local people to receive treatment nearer home.
“The new facilities will help us to provide care that meets individual needs from admission through to discharge.”
The clinical team is also bigger.
It now includes an extra consultant psychiatrist, a larger psychology team, twice as many occupational therapists, a special drugs and alcohol worker, physiotherapy and dietitian experts and more than 30 additional nurses.
Joyce Catterick, the trust’s chairman, said:“People who use the service have been involved in many of the decisions to ensure we have designed a facility that fully meets their needs.
“The whole service highlights how additional investment brings real benefit to local people who need NHS care.”