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Posted on the 23rd July 2021

The full refurbishment of Kentmere ward, based at Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal is underway.

The mental health in-patient unit, which is part of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCft), is set to re-open in spring 2022.  This is part of the Trust’s ongoing commitment to widespread continuous improvement.

Kentmere ward currently offers short-term recovery-based care, focused to meet the needs of individuals with mental health issues.  This enables people to return to their communities, and allows them to regain their independence. The refurbishment plans, which were submitted in July, will see a complete overhaul of the current 12-bed unit.

The planned works will deliver:

  • Removal of dormitory-style ward, in line with CQC guidelines
  • 12 modern en-suite bedrooms
  • Improved light, airy environment
  • Space for recreation and therapeutic activity
  • Improved garden and courtyard areas

Richard Chillery, director of operations for The Bay at LSCft said: “By providing safe and comfortable environments, we can ensure privacy and dignity for all those using this facility.

“We hope that by improving our facilities, we can help to empower and encourage individuals to strive to reach their full recovery. We are working to complete the refurbishment by late spring 2022.”