Mental health hospital opens in Hellingly

Formal opening of The Hellingly Centre'''John Bacon (Chairman of Trust) presented with trowel he used to lay the first brick.
Formal opening of The Hellingly Centre'''John Bacon (Chairman of Trust) presented with trowel he used to lay the first brick.
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A ‘WORLD-CLASS’ new mental health hospital facility has been opened for patients from all over Sussex and beyond - in Hellingly.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Sussex Partnership) hosted an official opening for the £15million medium secure hospital on Friday, February 3.

Mental health services have been provided by various means during the past 100 years in Hellingly but the new site will be the biggest single investment ever made by Sussex Partnership.

John Bacon CB, chairman of the Sussex Partnrship, formally opened the ambitious facility in front of dignatries.

He said: “There is an increasing need for this kind of NHS service in order to detain and treat an extremely vulnerable group of patients safely and securely.

“I am delighted that Sussex Partnership can provide such excellent facilities here at the Hellingly Centre. We thank Wealden District Council, Hellingly Parish Council and the Roebuck Park Residents Association for their support in such a sensitive project.”

Lisa Rodrigues, chief executive of Sussex Partnership, said: “Great staff can provide good services from any building. But a facility such as this enables our staff to provide world-class services.”

The development provides four 15-bedded wards and a range of therapy area.

It includes a complete refit of Ashen Hill, the Trust’s previous medium secure hospital. There is a 3m high perimeter fence surrounding the site.

A state-of-the-art entry and alarm system is included in the large building designed not to feel intimidating to patients or visitors.

Occupational therapists have already created an arts project for patients with help from the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne.

Patients will be able to use the hospital later this month, February 2012.