Posted: 6 Jul, 2017

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The official opening of Lincolnshire’s first Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has taken place.

Focus Consultants undertook several roles in the development, including project manager, designer, principal designer, quantity surveyor and contract administrator.

The brand new ten-bedded male only unit, which is known as the Hartsholme Centre, has redeveloped an existing unused ward with considerate use of extensions and external spaces on the St George’s Hospital site in Lincoln. It comes following discussions with local commissioners to offer additional provision in Lincolnshire for adults who require intensive psychiatric care, and means that patients will no longer need to travel outside of the county to receive this vital support.

The newly refurbished building was recently handed over to Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), from Lincoln-based building firm R G Carter and Focus Consultants, and the Trust has been working rigorously through processes, systems and training in anticipation of patients arriving in July.

Focus Consultants Senior Project Manager, Andy White, said: “As the first psychiatric intensive care unit in Lincolnshire, it is an important development for the Trust and for those patients who will be cared for at the unit. We have paid a great deal of attention to the detail in terms of design and spatial planning and consider that this will significantly contribute to enhanced safety and accelerated recovery for patients. We are delighted that the delivery of the project has been a success and ready to open in the coming weeks.”

The unit was officially opened by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lincoln.

Tracey Colpitts, Ward Manager for the new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit said: “We are really excited to be able to offer this new specialist support in Lincolnshire. I have a fantastic new team of around 40 staff to deliver what we know will be an invaluable service for patients.”

LPFT has been working closely with local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for some time to find ways it can offer a greater level of mental health support to patients closer to where they live.

The PICU development will help remove the need for some patients to travel out of area in order to receive the intensive level of care they require, which is not available on LPFT’s existing mental health wards at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre in Lincoln and Pilgrim Hospital, Boston.

As well as providing ten individual en-suite bedrooms, the Hartsholme Centre also features a gymnasium, multi-faith room and lounge area for patients, as well as a secure and safe outdoor space.

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