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[heading_block]A £13.7Million refurbishment of a Mental Health Unit in Leicester, Arnold Lodge has now been completed. [/heading_block]

Arnold Lodge, run by the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, has now been modernised and now has 3 purpose build wards. The hospital is a medium secure mental health unit.

The refurbishment has taken 7 years to complete. Arnold Lodge’s purpose built wards are for its male mental illness service. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust also hope the new environment will attract registered mental health nurses to work at the facility.

Ruth Hawkins, trust chief executive, said: “It is great to see the end result of this programme of change.”It really has made a huge difference to the environment and will enable us to deliver the best possible care to patients. I want to thank the staff who are so passionate about the work they do at Arnold Lodge, and the patients who have offered their input as well as putting up with the upheaval of building works going on around them. This is a great facility and we should all be very proud of it.”

Each of the individual wards will cater for different levels of care. The Rutland Ward is the acute admission and assessment ward. This will include a seclusion suite and intensive care unit for patients experiencing severe distress and mental ill health.

Foxton Ward will be the high dependency treatment ward. Foxton will focus on the management of acute psychotic symptoms. Some patients in this ward may create issues with a risk to themselves and others. The ward will include a seclusion suite, a long term segregation suite with a specially designed communication wall.

Thornton Ward will be the low dependancy treatment and rehabilitation ward. Patients are expected to be on this ward for longer periods of time, but are deemed low risk.

The 3 brand new wards will also have spacious, well-lit bedrooms, day spaces, dining areas, therapy and activity areas. Arnold Lodge also has visiting and group rooms. An outdoor courtyard is also available in addition the design by the architects maximised observations, whilst also protection privacy and dignity.

Arnold Lodge has 102 beds, and provides in-patient medium secure services for those over the age of 18 years old.

These individuals cannot be managed by general mental health or low secure services due to the seriousness of their offence, levels of behavioural disturbance and potential for absconsion or escape.

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