Local NHS Trust celebrates purchase and refurbishment of mental health unit with Christmas themed open evening

by CWP News - 22 December 2015

Wirral’s main provider of mental health services CWP celebrated a recent investment of over £15 million into its Springview unit with a festive open evening for patients, staff, partners and the general public.

The event, which saw over 50 guests in attendance, commemorated Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CWP) full refurbishment of the building, which has included improving the facilities on all wards and the development of a new, fully operational gym area open to staff and patients - a move made possible by the Trust’s purchase of the Springview building.

The evening included a performance from special guests Merseyside Rock Choir, with Christmas decorations and refreshments provided by both staff and patients from the unit.

Sheena Cumiskey, CWP chief executive and Health Service Journal (HSJ) CEO of the year – who unveiled a newly designed plaque to mark the occasion – said: “This was a wonderful event to celebrate the great strides we’ve made to ensure our Wirral service users receive the best possible care. So much hard work has gone in to improving Springview, and our investment in the site is a real signal of our commitment to the wider Wirral health economy.

“I’d like to say a particular thank you to the Merseyside Rock Choir for agreeing to help us celebrate.”

Springview is a specialist mental health inpatient unit in Wirral, consisting of around 80 beds, with wards offering care for dementia, eating disorders, psychiatric intensive care and acute mental health illnesses.

Anthony Seaman, choir lead for Mersey Rock Choir, said: “We were really pleased to support the evening, especially since music and singing can play such an important role in mental well-being. It was a delight to celebrate the hard work of the staff at Springview and to see the smiles on the audience's faces. The new unit looks fantastic and it was a very festive occasion!”

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