Names announced for new mental health wards in Macclesfield

05 November 2019

CWP is delighted to announce the names for two new specialist mental health wards opening in Macclesfield.

Named Silk Ward and Mulberry Ward, the new units aim to honour the local silk-making heritage of the area while also providing the very best care for people in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

The new wards follow a lengthy period of public engagement and consultation in 2018. Following this, plans were approved to enhance mental health community services in the area, including a new dementia outreach service and 24/7 mental health crisis care.

Also included were plans for modern inpatient facilities for people who require hospital-based assessment and treatment. Mulberry Ward, based on the Lime Walk House site on Victoria Road will provide specialist inpatient care for adults and older people with serious functional mental ill health including schizophrenia, psychosis and depression.

Silk Ward, on the Macclesfield District General Hospital site in the unit formally known as CARS Ward, will provide specialist inpatient treatment and assessment for people with dementia. 

Kate Chapman, interim head of clinical services, said: “We are very happy to reveal the names of the new wards and are pleased that they acknowledge the rich heritage of the area and our local communities.  Deciding on a new name that was appropriate for people who access our services was very important to us. We have engaged with a number of people including people who access our services, staff, partners and members of the local mental health forums to hear their suggestions. We also have a dedicated Building User Group which has been instrumental in the progression of this project.”

Dr Ian Hulme, a clinical lead for mental health at the NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “I’m delighted that work is continuing apace on the development of these superb mental health facilities as part of a new care model that is strengthening community-based care, providing new services for people in crisis, and supporting people with dementia to stay in their own surroundings.

“During last year’s public consultation, service users told us they deserved to thrive, not just survive. This new care model will help do just that.”

Work continues behind the scenes to ensure that facilities are ready to welcome those who will be accessing services from December 2019.

Mulberry ward will open as a 26-bed mixed gender spacious modern ward on one level and will feature an open garden, courtyard, gym facilities and all en-suite bedrooms. This ensures the new facility meets the needs of people with physical disabilities or complex health needs, as well as complying with current guidance from the Care Quality Commission regarding privacy and dignity.

Silk Ward will open as a 15-bed mixed gender unit. The design for the new space has thoroughly taken into account the needs of those with dementia. This includes a sensory garden space with raised beds. The bedrooms will have digital photo frames to make the surroundings more homely and dementia friendly. There will also be space for occupational therapy activities such as creative writing and reminiscence artwork. Silk Ward will also have an End of Life Room for families to be near their loved ones, when needed.

CWP acting director of operations, Suzanne Edwards, said: “It is really important that we provide timely access to a range of high-quality services for people with mental ill health. Through this project, local people now have access to 24/7 crisis home treatment team support, community-based beds for people in crisis and will soon have new, modern, state-of-the-art inpatient facilities.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our staff for their hard work and dedication thus far as we look forward to an exciting time in opening the wards, helping those who access services fulfil their potential and be the best they can be.”

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