19th September 2016 – Nightingale Hospital Opens New Ward to Meet Increased Demand
Nightingale Hospital, London’s leading private mental health hospital, has opened a new ward following a 20% increase in demand for services over the past 5 years. Nightingale is responding to a rising demand for inpatient care, with recent reports suggesting that 1 in 4 adults in England have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
The new ward features 14 contemporary en-suite bedrooms to ensure maximum comfort and privacy for patients. The ward also includes occupational therapy spaces, 3 group therapy rooms and large, open plan communal areas complete with a kitchen. The design is consistent with the rest of the hospital, with patient’s welfare remaining an upmost priority. A carefully selected colour scheme has been chosen to create an atmosphere which supports recovery and aids wellbeing. The new ward will initially best serve general psychiatry patients, who will be offered tailor-made treatment programmes, including individual and group therapy sessions.
The opening is a reflection of the hospital’s on-going commitment to deliver the highest quality service and marks the completion of Nightingale’s 4 year refurbishment plan, increasing the hospital’s total capacity to 73 beds. Over the past few years there has been a steadily increasing demand for both inpatient and outpatient services which fall under the umbrella of general psychiatry at Nightingale Hospital. The hospital has previously responded to the 20% increase in demand for outpatient services between 2014 and 2015, by launching a new ‘City Unit’ for city workers dealing with stress, depression and burnout. With the construction of this new ward at the Marylebone Hospital, a similar expansion for inpatient treatment can now occur.
Martin Thomas, Managing Director of Nightingale Hospital, said of the project ‘I am delighted to announce the opening of the new ward which marks the completion of our 4 year refurbishment programme. The new ward will provide patients with the highest quality care in a supportive and welcoming environment to help them on their road to recovery.’
Dr William Shanahan, consultant psychiatrist and Medical Director at Nightingale Hospital, commented ‘The completion of this refurbishment transforms the Nightingale into the only central London psychiatric hospital of true quality in every department. Patients can rely on consultant psychiatrists providing proper assessments, diagnoses, and management plans, supported by skilled nurses, therapists, and general staff, in an atmosphere conducive to health and safety.’