Building work starts this week on Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT)’s new inpatient facilities for patients with a learning disability and/ or autism at Brooklands Hospital in Marston Green.
The plans involve creating a new low secure unit dedicated for patients with autism only and a new recovery and integration facility for patients with a learning disability and/ or autism.
Work is to be carried out over three phases, with the two units set to fully open in winter 2021. Patients will benefit from a self-contained apartment which includes a lounge area, bedroom and en-suite, with access to their own outside area. There will also be a day space area, kitchen, laundry, reception/ waiting room, therapy and multi-faith room.
Simon Gilby, Chief Executive of CWPT said: “We are delighted that work has now started on our ambitious plans to build new state-of-the-art facilities for patients with autism and/ or a learning disability.
“Staff and patients have been involved in designing the new units, which will enable us to provide high quality, flexible care that meets the needs of our patients.”
Rob Spencer, Associate Director of Operations – Learning Disabilities and Autism at CWPT added: “Brooklands is already nationally recognised for the range of excellent care we provide for patients with a learning disability and these plans will enable us to extend our services to patients with different needs.
“We look forward to opening the low secure autism inpatient service where we can provide much needed specialist care and support for patients in the local area.”
The plans form part of the Trust’s transformation programme, which aims to improve health and care for people with a learning disability, autism or both, enable more patients to access services that are closer to home and, with the right support, live within the community.
For more information visit Our Great Place Transformation Programme.