This Lancashire hospital building is back in use after eight years after the £9.4million project was completed

Following a £9.4million refurbishment, the Wesham Rehab Center now aims to provide inspirational mental health rehabilitation to patients in Lancashire.

The old rehab centre, a remnant of the wider Wesham Hospital site closed in 2012, fell out of use when the NHS moved its services and those of a similar unit in Rossall to Clifton Hospital in St Anns.

From now on, a ‘community-oriented rehabilitation service’ will be based in the refurbished Mowbreck Lane building, which includes a modern timber-clad extension.

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The Wesham Rehab Center has been handed over to the NHS after a £9.4million overhaul by Frank Whittle Partnerships and Eric Wright Group

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It has 28 en-suite rooms for people who have been hospitalized and need help regaining their skills and confidence in daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning and looking after their own health and well-being. .

The center has expansive gardens and outdoor therapy areas and includes quiet lounges and a communal MasterChef-style kitchen where residents can cook all their own meals with staff support.

A community space has also been included in the new entrance block to encourage use of the center by local people, in partnership with the trust.

It will be a “community-based rehabilitation service” with an informal, non-clinical atmosphere

Joanna Stark, Operations Manager for Fylde Coast in Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are incredibly proud to launch this new offer to our service users and help bridge the gap between acute treatment and the reintegration of returnees into the community.

“The service will positively impact existing service users and benefit new service users who require a different type of support.

“Our goal is to help people with long-term mental illness manage their own care and give them back the independence and lifestyle they deserve.

“Our team and partners have worked hard over the past two years to open the Wesham Rehabilitation Centre, a service that hopes to involve neighbors when we open our doors for local community events.

“We hope the Wesham Center will pave the way for future mental health rehabilitation services throughout the region.”

Architect, design and general planning firm Frank Whittle Partnership, of Preston, was appointed to deliver the £9.4 million center and led the redevelopment of the existing building. Construction work on the project was carried out by the Eric Wright Group.

Martin Whittle, FWP partner, said: “We have used all of our experience that we have accumulated in the mental health sector over many years to deliver this important community project.

“It is truly a showcase of the progression of mental health design over the past few years and the leading role that FWP’s team of specialists have played in this development.

“The team involved have worked extremely hard with the trust to create a unit that is both warm and welcoming and has a distinct non-clinical feel to it.

“We believe the result is an exceptional facility that will help people live independent lives in the community.”

David Simmons, FWP Associate Partner, added, “The user and clinic engagement meetings have allowed the design to evolve into a unity that is totally removed from people’s traditional view of a hospital environment.

“Our design includes many open-access spaces, a warm and inviting reception area, a central living space that connects with both bedroom wings, a truly uplifting space for relaxation and day-to-day engagement with a full access to an exceptional environment. garden where residents can grow and grow their own produce.

“The center is also working with a local charity to encourage residents to get involved in growing produce in the unique therapeutic gardens that have been created. Resident-grown produce can then be cooked in the impressive Master Chef-style kitchens and later sold in the community cafe with the central entrance.

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