New multi-million pound mental health wards open in Lincoln
Published on: 15th June 2023
Two brand new mental health wards have opened at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre in Lincoln.
Based at Lincoln County Hospital and run by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), the two new £25million 19 bed wards will support adults who are experiencing a crisis in their mental health.
Named Castle and Ellis, the two new wards together offer 38 ensuite bedrooms, multi-purpose community areas and relaxing outside spaces for people staying on the wards, their visiting families and their carers.
The new building has been designed in partnership with patients, staff, carers and people who have previously used LPFT’s services.
This development is part of an ambitious plan to update facilities across Lincolnshire and provide single ensuite rooms for all patients, removing old and outdated shared dormitory accommodation.
Sarah Connery, Chief Executive at LPFT, said:
“We are delighted with our new wards. As soon as you enter, the bright and spacious environment is immediately inviting and there are lots of windows which bring natural light onto the ward area.
“All bedrooms are on the ground level, have outside views and are equipped with the latest technology.
“The outside areas are fantastic and will really give our patients the space they need to help them on their recovery journey.”
Kevin Lockyer, Chair of LPFT, adds:
“I am really proud that we have been able to work so closely with current patients, experts by experience, families and carers. They have been deeply involved in everything from construction to room layouts and colour choices to furniture options. These two wards will help us provide the best possible care for people when they need it most.”
As part of this project, the team has also been working with the University of Lincoln’s School of Creative Arts to create mindfulness artworks for the courtyard areas.
Associate Professor Rachel Baynton from the University, comments:
“It’s been wonderful to support our students to work with current patients and LPFT staff, and to really see the powerful connection between art and wellness. We’re delighted with the results of this collaborative process and hope the artwork in the courtyard helps people for many years to come.”
In celebration of the opening, a time capsule has been buried full of artwork from current patients and staff. It is hoped to be opened by patients in 100 years’ time.
The team has recently won the Best Service User Engagement Award and shortlisted for Mental Health Design Project of the Year at the Design in Mental Health Awards.
For more information about the new wards, visit www.lpft.nhs.uk/newacutewards