Gloucestershires new state-of-the-art hospital for older people
A £6.8m revamp on a state-of-the-art mental health hospital in Cheltenham have now been completed.
Charlton Lane Hospital offers modern and class leading assessment and treatment for older people with mental health problems and dementia.
The hospital helps patients spent less time in hospital and more time with their carers and loved ones. Supported by the Trust’s community team, this helps ensure that patients are cared for in familiar surroundings.
For those who need greater help, the new hospital provides a high quality environment and specialist assessment and treatment. Every room is single occupancy and en-suite.
There is a day area on each ward and a gender specific living room to help ensure the dignity and privacy of patients.
Each ward has access to two garden areas, in addition to wider grounds. We have preserved the Kings Fund gardens, a collaboration between patients and staff and designed new areas to provide a choice of outdoor space for those in our care.
Support services manager Janie Tucker said: “Patients have felt more at home. They have loved the airy, light conditions and they love their bedrooms.
“Relatives have been impressed with the modern technology. They say it’s like walking into a hotel, with the same welcoming feel.”
In consideration of the specialist needs of patients, specific wards are provided for patients with organic illnesses including dementia and those with functional mental health conditions.
The hospital also benefits from the latest technology, with pressure mats in beds which trigger bedroom and bathroom lights to come on in the night when the patient gets out of bed.
Matron manager Jez Leat said: “This is the first time we have used this type of equipment in an acute setting. We have tried to take advantage of some of the technologies out there.
“When people have dementia they can start losing their perceptions of colour. The rooms are decorated differently so people can identify them more easily.
“On the outside of each bedroom there is also a memory box which patients can put photographs or mementos in to help them identify their room.”
Mr Leat said: “We had these facilities are much more modern and we are able to carry out a better assessment. All the rooms have been specially designed for their purpose.”
Patients who were treated at Weavers Croft and Colliers Court are now either supported by the Trust’s community team or receive specialist care in Holly House or elsewhere at the Charlton Lane site.