Sensitive design for Farnham Road Hospital
A new 60-bed adult acute mental health unit at Farnham Road Hospital in Guildford, designed by PM Devereux and built by Laing O’Rourke, has opened on the site of an existing mental health service provided by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
The architects explained:
“The original site housed many different building types and ages. The main building to Farnham Road is Grade II-
listed. Some others were locally listed, were considered to have local architectural or historical interest, and fell within the category of curtilage buildings. A sensitive planning negotiation was thus required.”
The facility provides three adult acute wards and one psychiatric intensive care unit on two
floors, arranged around secure courtyard gardens. A ‘front-of-house’ building includes a reception and café, shared therapy areas, staff administration, a tribunal suite, and FM areas.
A two-storey gallery connects the wards to the other areas, and links the whole to the
‘Passport-style’ brief for young people launched
A ‘passport-style’ brief of key facts that children and young people using mental health services can use to help them avoid repeating their history and preferences has been launched by NHS England. The ‘concept’ was devised through the NHS England Children and Young People’s IAPT Improving Integrated Services Task and Finish Group. Each ‘passport’ will include clinical information, and ‘key personal preferences’. NHS England said: “The idea was developed by young people, parents, and carers, and can now be used across care settings, either on paper or mobile phones.” NHS England said the new tool had been developed in line with the Department of Health and NHS England Future in Mind report on improving children and young people’s mental health, published last year, which said young
mentally unwell people should ‘only have to tell their story once, to someone who was dedicated to helping them’, and ‘should not have to repeat it to lots of different people’.
Around 850,000, or 9.6%, of children and young people aged between five and 16 have a mental disorder.
Dr Jackie Cornish.
Dr Jackie Cornish, NHS England national clinical director, Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood, said: “No patient should need to repeat their history several times, and innovations like this solve problems and make patients’ lives easier.” Written with the practitioner ‘in a
professional style’, and including ‘as much or as little as the young person likes’, the ‘passport’ is kept by the youngster, in their preferred format, and can be shown to professionals at any new service.
A new three-year action and research study into living well with young onset dementia has been announced by the University of Salford’s Institute for Dementia and Salford City Council. Funded by a significant grant from the Booth Charities, the project will be run in partnership with people in Salford with experience of young onset dementia, both first-hand, and as informal carers or spouses. Users and staff of the Humphrey Booth Resource Centre in Swinton, and colleagues from other services, sectors, and support groups, will also be part of the project team. Despite acknowledgment that developing a dementia in midlife is associated with
Salford’s ‘ground-breaking’ new dementia study specific challenges, the Institute for Dementia
says little is known about the needs of younger people with dementia – defined as those who receive a diagnosis before the age of 65.
The project will run individual and small group meetings across Salford to gain real-life insights into young onset dementia. Information from these will be fed into a main stakeholder advisory group comprising people with experience of young onset dementia. The study is being overseen by a Steering Group comprising a range of service-providers and representatives from different sectors, chaired by Dr Anna Richardson from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.
retained Grade II-listed building housing the older person’s wards and other facilities. This enables the different levels on the site to be accommodated, while providing a public and private access to all parts of the building to maintain privacy and dignity. The wards are all en suite single room accommodation, with day spaces that have dual aspect to optimise natural daylight. The construction utilised the Laing O’Rourke Explore system of prefabricated concrete panels assembled on site.
Multiple benefits for young people’s mental
health unit Four designs and eight colourways from Forbo Flooring Systems’ Marmoleum floor collection have created a durable, design-led, resilient surface flooring solution for NHS Tayside’s new CAMHS unit in Dundee.
The new £8 million facility will provide
‘round-the-clock care’ for young people across the north of Scotland coping with mental health conditions.
Director at Dundee-based Gauldie Wright &
Partners and project architect, Peter Kingston, said: “This new building is bright and welcoming, and we wanted to achieve a surface flooring solution that would enhance its design internally. The Marmoleum collection offers a great range of designs, with the advantage of a large colour palette, allowing us to create exactly the finish we were looking for.” Adding an extra dimension to the corridors
with its ‘retro-yet-modern linear design’, 600 m2 of Marmoleum Striato in the warm tone of Compressed Time is fitted throughout. A more colourful pattern, Colour Stream, ‘sets the tone perfectly’ for the Art Resource Room, while the Lavender Field colourway and the complementary Donkey Island from the Marmoleum Vivace collection feature in classroom areas. In the bedroom wings, Marmoleum Real, with a ‘classic marble structure’, features in three contrasting colours to assist wayfinding.
The building also incorporates Forbo’s
Coral Welcome entrance flooring, a textile ‘clean-off’ range that the company says ‘can reduce the costs of cleaning by up to 65%, and stop up to 94% of walked-in dirt and moisture entering a building’.
Photo courtesy of PM Devereux/Ed Hill.
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