23 August 2017

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) has completed an extensive refurbishment of Florence Ball House at Bedford Health Village in Kimbolton Road. The Trust has invested nearly £1m in the project to create a single base of operation for its community services.

The site is now home to Bedford Older People’s Community Mental Health Team (CMHT), Bedford East CMHT, Bedford West CMHT, Bedford Memory Assessment Service (MAS) and Bedford Assertive Outreach Team (AOT).

The services include integrated administration support, psychology, occupational therapy, medical support previously provided through outpatient appointments at Bedford Hospital’s Weller Wing, Bedford Physical Health Clinic, a Denzapine clinic and a depot clinic.

The modernised building also includes a new-look café run by service users, therapy rooms and increased hot-desking spaces to provide greater opportunities for flexible working for the busy clinical teams. The site also has a large car park.

“The creation of this central hub for Bedford services will benefit staff, service users and the community,” said Michelle Bradley, Director of ELFT’s Bedfordshire Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.
Communication between colleagues and services will improve and service users will receive a smoother, more coordinated service in a modern, light and pleasant environment.”

The Trust’s Day Resource Centre (DRC) team paved the way for the building redesign by moving from Bedford Health Village in December to create space. They are now running a new day services hub for Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire from the Bedford Wellbeing Centre in Woburn Road as part of the Trust’s Recovery Services.

ELFT is also working in partnership with Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and partners to review mental health crisis care is provided for adults in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire.
Full details are available here

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