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New mental health unit opens in Lancaster

The revamped Orchard adult inpatient mental health unit in Lancaster was officially opened today by MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood Eric Ollerenshaw.
Eric unveils a plaque with Chief Executive of the Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Heather Tierney-Moore.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
121-8-2014

The revamped Orchard adult inpatient mental health unit in Lancaster was officially opened today by MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood Eric Ollerenshaw. Eric unveils a plaque with Chief Executive of the Lancashire Care Foundation Trust Heather Tierney-Moore. PIC BY ROB LOCK 121-8-2014

A new look site in Lancaster which provides in-patient care to adults from across Lancashire is now officially open.

The Orchard, located at Pathfinder’s Drive in Lancaster and previously known as Oaklands, was officially opened by Lancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw on Monday.

The unit has undergone significant redevelopment to become a mental health in-patient unit for adults as part of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s commitment to provide modern mental health care across Lancashire.

The unit will be supported by high quality specialist community based services with a single point of access for people in crisis.

The unit will also make use of BT’s NerveCentre system, which will replace paper-based processes with electronic solutions which enables patient information to be communicated more effectively and efficiently.

Heather Tierney-Moore, chief executive at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I would like to thank Mr Ollerenshaw for joining us on the day to officially open the unit.

“We are delighted at the results of the redevelopment of The Orchard. The unit will provide the best in modernised care to the people of Lancashire who require our services and support.

“The NerveCentre will allow staff instant access to the most up to date patient information, which in turn releases more time to spend caring for patients.

“I would also like to thank the staff involved in the redevelopment and their dedication to the project in making it such a success.

“Our service users, local residents and partner organisations have also played an integral part in the works by providing us with their views on the design as well as helping to pick the name for the site.”

Me Ollerenshaw said: “This is a real step forward for mental health treatment and I am grateful for all the work that has clearly gone into the project which sets a new high quality benchmark for the rest of the service to aspire to. Lancaster clearly leads the way for the rest of the county.”

If you would like to find out more at The Orchard as well as view some interior and exterior photographs of the work please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/TheOrchard.

 

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