Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS opens new mental health service

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT) has opened a new £9.4million community-facing rehabilitation centre.  

The new service, part of the trust’s plans to improve its mental health rehabilitation and recovery offerings, will provide a new mental health pathway, which sits between acute care and community living.  

Offering 28 beds, the centre will provide support for people who have been in hospital and need some help to regain skills and confidence, in which staff will assist with everyday tasks, while patients focus on looking after their health and wellbeing. 

The centre includes treatment rooms, living space, therapy gardens and community café at the entrance, and will offer service users a ‘more holistic approach’ – such as learning opportunities. 

Joanna Stark, Director of Operations for the Fylde Coast, said of the new service: “We are incredibly proud to launch this new offering to our service users and to help bridge the gap between acute treatment and re-integrating people back into the community. 

“The service will have a positive impact on existing service users and benefit new service users in need of a different kind of support. We aim to help people with long-term mental health conditions, manage their own care and give them back the independence and lifestyle they deserve.  

“Our team and partners have worked incredibly hard over the past two years to open the Wesham Rehabilitation Centre, a service that hopes to involve neighbours when we open our doors for local community events. It’s really important that local residents of Wesham have a say in the new service and an opportunity to get involved in initiatives and programmes with the people living at the centre. 

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