Investment for new & improved Mental Health Dementia Ward
11 March 2019

Shackleton ward, at St Mary’s Hospital is set for a much needed refurbishment following a £200,000 investment.

The Mental Health Dementia ward is a 4 bedded unit that cares for people who have specialist mental health dementia needs.

The current ward environment is not fit for purpose and because of this, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated Shackleton ward as inadequate on their last inspection. A number of options for moving Shackleton ward to a different location are being explored; however the only viable option for now is for the current ward to undergo major improvement works.

The Trust is very much welcoming this opportunity to invest and modernise Shackleton ward and carry out some much needed changes to the layout and decoration of the ward to create a dementia-friendly environment that is designed for the needs, comfort, dignity, care and safety of this vulnerable group of patients.

The service will continue to be provided to people with specialist mental health dementia needs. The ward will need to temporarily close for these works to be undertaken on the 1st April for approximately 9 weeks. People who may need the service in this time will be assessed for their specific need/s and a care package put in place for their care to be provided on either a hospital ward, within their own home or within a local care home. The ward will reopen on the 3rd June 2019.

The IOW NHS Trust is currently working with commissioners, the Local Authority and Local Care providers to ensure an appropriate placement is identified for everyone currently on the ward.

From Monday 11th March 2019 until the refurbishment is complete, no further people will be admitted to Shackleton. During the refurbishment Shackleton staff members will be working with colleagues in the Dementia Liaison service and Memory clinic, in order to increase the ability to provide support for individuals at home. If admission to a mental health dementia ward is unavoidable the IOW Clinical Commission Group (CCG) have made arrangements for a bed to be identified in Hampshire.

Lesley Stevens, Director of Mental Health & Learning Disabilities said “We are looking forward to this upgrade to Shackleton ward as it will significantly improve the experience for people during their admission. The refurbishment will not fully address of all of the concerns regarding the environment in Shackleton, mainly because we are unable to provide access to outside space. However the work will create a welcoming and homely environment which will improve the wellbeing, safety and social connection of people with dementia. We hope to cause as little disruption as possible to the patients and their families but it is vital that we address and change as much of the environment as possible in order to benefit the patients that will be needing the ward in the future”

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