Mark Menzies welcomes new mental health services

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has welcomed the opening of a new hospital which will provide state-of-the art mental health services on the Fylde coast.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Heather Tierney-Moore was handed the keys to the Harbour, on Preston New Road, during a ceremony this week.

During the event, Mr Menzies was given a tour of the new facilities by trust chairman Derek Brown and told about the new in-patient and community services which will be available, particularly surrounding dementia.

The Member of Parliament said: “I was delighted to be invited to attend such a landmark event and having seen the new unit first-hand it is a giant leap forward for the sort of mental health facilities we are used to seeing in Britain.

“I was particularly interested to hear about the community services which will be on offer for those suffering from dementia, as I have been campaigning in Parliament for improved care for dementia patients for some time now.

“Having such a facility in Fylde fits in well with my aim to ensure Fylde has the very best services on offer for people with dementia and I will continue to make representations to the Health Secretary that Fylde should be considered an exemplar area for the treatment of this terrible illness.”

The Harbour development has a total of 154 beds, including a psychiatric intensive care unit, as well as visitor and communal areas, a sports hall, dining rooms, lounges and outdoor spaces.

A community café and shop will also be opened at the site and staffed by patients for use by the general public, to teach skills which may be useful when service-users leave treatment.

Now the keys to the unit have been handed over by builders, the Harbour will be fully furnished and is due to become operational in spring 2015.

 

PICTURE: Mr Menzies with trust chairman Derek Brown at the Harbour.

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