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Mental Health Ward Gets Public Opening


12:23pm 13th April 2013

A mental health inpatient ward near Dorchester will be opening its doors to show what improvements have been made.

Forston Clinic's Minterne Ward was shut in December after a damming report from the Care Quality Commission.

Dorset Healthcare have spent  £1M on refurbishing the ward which has now been renamed the Waterston Assessment Unit.

Staff numbers have also been increased by 39% and employees have undergone a bespoke training programme.

The unit will be open to the public on the 23rd April - to show the local community what changes have been made.

James Barton, Dorset HealthCare's Director, Mental Health Services, explained: "The CQC criticised the historic culture of the ward as being 'restrictive' at times - and we were determined this should change. Care should always be recovery focused and the dedicated training that staff have been participating in covers a wide range of topics, all focused on the fundamental principles of delivering care and the values that underpin this."

He added: "We want to provide inpatient care that we can be proud of, which is why we've invested a huge amount of time, energy and resource to make sure Minterne Ward, as it reopens, is a service we can take pride in.

"We are sorry that the standards of care sometimes weren't as high as patients always deserve, which is why we've worked hard to address all the issues raised by the Commission. We are determined to ensure the best possible inpatient care for our patients at what is often a very worrying and vulnerable time for them. I hope visitors to our open day will agree that the improvements we have made really demonstrate our commitment to maintaining a high level of care across all of our services."

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