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Sod cutting ceremony to upgrade patient facilities

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Diggers and spades were poised ready to cut the earth in North Hykeham, as the local mental health and learning disabilities trust began building works to improve its facilities for patients.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) has joined forces with Integrated Health Projects (IHP) to design and refurbish Brant Ward, in Witham Court, North Hykeham.

En-suites are to be added to the bedrooms, to improve the services offered to older adults with mental health problems and dementia.

The ward cares for around 20 patients in dormitory style accommodation, which is no longer considered fit for purpose in a modern mental health environment. National guidance recommends individual en-suite bedrooms are provided to protect the privacy and dignity of patients.

LPFT Chair Paul Devlin said:

“It is very exciting, to mark the start of construction works for Brant Ward. The plans for the new developments look great and I can’t wait to see the finished product. I’m sure these new facilities will enhance the patient experience and improve the quality of service we provide.”

IHP Regional Director, Keith Shivers, who is overseeing the design and construction of the project, said:

“We are looking forward to getting started on delivering this important refurbishment project. We have been working in partnership with the Trust and healthcare staff to develop a design solution which will create modern, fit-for-purpose facilities.

“Our experienced team will ensure that we deliver the patients of Brant Ward the comfortable, accessible, therapeutic environment they need during their stay.”

A former patient said:

“The plans look very promising and I’m sure patients will be looking forward to using the new facilities.”