Thumbs-up for mental health wards plan

PERMISSION has today been given to build new mental health wards on Ipswich Hospital's site.

PERMISSION has today been given to build new mental health wards on Ipswich Hospital's site.

The plans form part of Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust's £27m modernisation programme to provide a higher quality of inpatient care.

The new wards at Ipswich Hospital will replace old and inappropriate wards on the St Clement's site, which do not meet the required standards of privacy and dignity or adequate single-sex accommodation.

David Leckie, the mental health trust's director of estates and facilities, who is leading the project, said: “We are now on track to start the work at Ipswich Hospital early in the new year.

“This is fantastic news for those people who use mental health services in Suffolk, as well as for staff who will be working in the very best environments for the delivery of modern mental healthcare.”

The trust's plans were today given the go-ahead by Ipswich Borough Council's planning committee.

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