NHS project provides improved mental health facilities

Published Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) has invested in the Rushden Resource Centre.

The project has refurbished part of the building to enable local residents to have access to community mental health services.

The centre is located at the heart of the community in Rushden and benefits from having East Northamptonshire Council services, including customer services and a library, alongside NHS services.

Together with existing facilities provided by the Council, the mental health resource centre will allow for an increased presence in Rushden and reduce barriers to mental health services for patients and carers in the local area.

Katie Bates, Operational Manager for NHFT said:

“The project has been in the pipeline for some time and throughout we have worked with our staff, service users and carers in the careful design of the environment. This has ensured that the centre is dementia friendly and a calm, pleasant environment in which to receive care and treatment, as well as future-proofed for further growth.”

“Currently, the services we are operating from the centre include the Older Adults Community Mental Health team, the Memory Assessment Service and the Younger Person with Dementia team. Following a successful launch, we are now looking at which other services we can also provide in Rushden and hope to continue to grow the centre.”

The centre was officially opened on Tuesday 12 June by Reverend Richard Coles and during the opening ceremony NHFT Chair Chrishni Waring said:

“This is a great opportunity for us to maximise the use of the public estate to deliver on our commitment to outstanding locally-based healthcare. The new resource centre will bring a range of services under one roof in a dedicated facility, improving our ability to join up the care we provide to our patients and service users.”

The new facilities are located at the Rushden Resource Centre, Newton Road, Rushden and are open from 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.