An inpatient unit for people with complex rehabilitation needs has been
modernised and upgraded thanks to a £300,000 refurbishment project carried out
by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT).
The work, at the Suffolk Rehabilitation and Recovery Service (SRRS) in Foxhall
Road, Ipswich, has come as part of an ongoing programme to improve the
environments from which NSFT provides care while also reducing risk to service
users and staff.
Taking place over 20 weeks, it has seen the unit’s 10 bedrooms improved and
toilet and bathroom facilities upgraded. Clinic rooms have been fitted with new
floors and completely refurbished to meet modern standards, while extra
clinical space has also been created, including a dedicated area which will
focus on physical health as well as a family room.
Work has also taken place to reduce ligature risks to improve safety for
service users while they receive care for long-term mental health conditions.
In addition, completion of the project means that three beds at the unit which
were temporarily closed while the work took place will now reopen, allowing
patients to receive the care they need closer to home.
Martyn Kemp, Ward Manager at SRRS, said: “We are really pleased that this
important modernisation project is now complete.
“It has transformed the environment from which we deliver care so that it
better meets the needs of our service users, while also improving the
experience they have while undergoing rehabilitation. It is also allowing our
staff to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.
“In addition, the project has given us more clinical space which will help us
to better meet both the physical and mental health needs of our service users
as we prepare them for life outside of a hospital setting.
“Our fantastic staff team are proud to have been part of this valuable piece of
The project comes following a redesign of SRRS’s model of care in 2015, which
saw it change from being regarded as a ‘home for life’ to focus more on
rehabilitation, recovery and promoting living outside of the hospital setting.
As a result, average length of stay has been reduced significantly, while every
long-stay service user has been discharged and is receiving the support they
need to live independently in the community.
The modernisation work has been designed to better match the environment to the
new model of care.
Caption: Martyn Kemp is pictured inside a purpose-built clinic room at the
Suffolk Rehabilitation and Recovery Service (SRRS).
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