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Tea and cake as Worthing’s mental health hospital celebrates 10 years 6 October 2011

Staff gather at Meadowfield HospitalOn 3 October 2011, patients, staff and dignitaries gathered at Meadowfield Hospital, Worthing, to celebrate the mental health unit’s 10th birthday.

Speakers enjoying tea and cake with guests included Her Worship The Mayor of Worthing, Councillor Anne Barlow, and Lisa Rodrigues, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership.

Meadowfield is a purpose built mental health in-patient unit treating people from Adur, Arun and Worthing who are acutely mentally unwell. Since opening in October 2001, it has provided care and treatment to adults and older people on three wards. The hospital has a range of facilities including a purpose built therapies suite and gym and activities available include talking groups, cookery, art, pottery, Tai-Chi sessions.

Meadowfield also has a Mental Health Place of Safety, also known as a Section 136 Suite – a specially designed area for people who need immediate care and assessment due to mental illness. Traditionally, people being detained by police under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act would have been taken by police to cells, which are unsuitable for managing people at risk of harming themselves or with medical problems. In contrast, dedicated places of safety like Meadowfield’s Section 136 Suite have trained health staff available and assessments are arranged within a hospital environment.

Councillor Anne Barlow, Mayor of Worthing, said: 'It is fantastic to have such a great mental health care facility here in Worthing. The staff commitment to supporting and helping the patients is outstanding and it was so positive to meet the patients who are determined to get better and lead full lives.'

Meadowfield’s Modern Matron, Lucy Mills, said: 'Meadowfield and the team who work here have helped lots of people on their recoveries over the last 10 years, and this celebration is as much about them as marking the opening of the hospital. We have a tremendous dedicated staff who are committed to helping people with mental health problems get back on their feet and live full, meaningful lives, and we look forward to celebrating many more successes in the future.'

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Notes to editors

Meadowfield has three wards. Maple and Rowan Wards both have 17 beds each for adults of working age and Larch Ward has 18 beds for older adults. Each ward is designed to maximise space, promote dignity and a therapeutic environment. Each bedroom has en-suite facilities.

For more information call the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Communications Department on 01903 843027 or email externalcomms@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk.