Posted: October 26 2017
Design drawing for The Marlowes Health and Wellbeing Centre
The name was a popular choice among service users, carers, staff and the public following an invitation to help choose one for the centre. It also helps identify the centre with a specific location in the town, which will be helpful for visitors.
Building works are currently taking place at the site in The Marlowes, in Hemel Hempstead, which will provide a modern base for mental and physical health services. The project is being run by Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT).
Once it opens in the New Year, the newly refurbished building will be home to community mental health services for adults and children provided by HPFT, along with a range of HCT services. For adults, this will include bladder and bowel care, podiatry, diabetes retinal screening, and nutrition and dietetics. For children, services will include audiology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, community dentistry and speech and language therapy. All adult and children’s services will be on dedicated floors, making them easier for patients to find. There will be dedicated floors for adults and children.
We began building work in May 2017 and the building is due for completion in late 2017. There will be a phased approach to moving services into the building, starting at the end of 2017.
Karen Taylor, Director of Integration and Partnerships at HPFT, said: “We are very excited about this project, which will provide a great place to work and to receive care. It is a great space for us to support our service users and patients, to look after both their physical and mental health and wellbeing. We have listened to and involved our service users throughout the process.”
Marion Dunstone, Director of Operations at HCT, said: “Many of the services we are moving into The Marlowes already work together. Bringing them together under one roof will make that even easier in the coming years and will mean we can provide a more joined up approach to healthcare for local people. We are creating a modern environment that is welcoming for patients and service users and pleasant for our staff to work in.”
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