Trust celebrates official opening of mental health centre of excellence for children and young people

We are celebrating the official opening of our West Lane Hospital site in Middlesbrough after it has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment to develop it as a centre of excellence for children and young people.

We are celebrating the official opening of West Lane Hospital in Middlesbrough after it has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment to develop it as a centre of excellence for children and young people.

West Lane Hospital provides care and support to children and young people with mental health illnesses and eating disorders. Ithas been undergoing significant redevelopment since 2013 and work has included extensive refurbishment and redesign of existing premises, as well as the development of new buildings to provide much improved, state of the art facilities and services.

Commenting on the site, Chris Davis, head of children and young people’s services said: “We provide a wide range of care and services to children and young people, some of whom are with us for many weeks or months. The impressive, modern design and facilities we now have at West Lane Hospital make it a comfortable, safe and engaging environment for the young people during their stay with us and we can already see a real difference and long-term benefits.”

One of the site’s new builds incorporates The Westwood Centre, a low secure, 12 bed development which provides 24 hour support, seven days a week, to young people who may have been in conflict with the law or present a significant risk to themselves or others. The Westwood Centre offers a range of facilities to aid recovery, including en-suite bedrooms, gym and other sports facilities. Education rooms allow staff and partner agencies to continue to work with and develop young people to ensure they don’t fall behind in their mainstream education.

Commenting on the centre, one service user said: “When I first came to the Westwood Centre I felt really frightened because it was a locked unit, but being here has really helped me. The visiting rooms are pretty cool and make visits from friends and family more fun.”

We have also carried out extensive refurbishment and redesign of The Newberry Centre, which offers a safe environment for young people aged 12 to 18, to be assessed and treated for a range of complex mental health needs. The centre offers a wide-range of treatments and therapies and modern facilities including 14 en-suite bedrooms, a garden room, games room, American diner, gym and sports facilities and family visiting areas.

West Lane Hospital is also home to The Evergreen Centre, part of the Northern Centre for Eating Disorders, which provides inpatient services to children and young people with eating disorders across the north of the UK, and often beyond.

As part of the multi-million pound redevelopment, The Evergreen Centre has been expanded to include four much needed additional bedrooms, as well as a larger indoor and outdoor living space. Service users can now benefit from a larger, brighter environment to aid their recovery.

The Glades was the final addition to the West Lane site completed earlier this year, and provides space for outpatient services and the community eating disorders service, as well as meeting and consultation rooms and an education block for service users from both Newberry and Evergreen Centres to use.

The Rosewood Centre is home to the Middlesbrough child and adolescent mental health (CAMHS) outpatient services. The service helps children up to the age of 18 and their families to cope with any difficulties they may be experiencing.