(Left to right: Alexandra Thurlby, Hospital Director, Ron Gutu, Head of Clinical Services, Stephen Metcalfe MP, Cllr Ann Naylor, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Essex County Council and Dr Mark Morris, Clinical Director).
Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and South Thurrock, recently visited the new and improved facilities at St Andrews Healthcare Hospital on a visit last week.
St Andrews is a charity specialising in mental health, learning disabilities, autism and brain injury. The centre in North Benfleet is one of four located across the country and has recently completed a £5 million improvement programme.
The redeveloped facilities and services coupled with a new team of national experts means that the hospital is now equipped to meet the needs of, and treat even the most difficult of cases.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “The facilities at St Andrews are extremely impressive. They already had a reputation for excellence but these improvements allow the level of care to be taken one step further and I have no doubt that the patients and staff alike will reap the benefits of this.”
Improvements to the site include new therapeutic environments, a rapid response service for men and women needing urgent assessment and a new Neuropsychiatry Service for working age men. Patients will also notice improvements in their living area which now includes refurbished rooms with en-suite bathrooms and more homely communal areas.
Stephen Metcalfe added: “I sincerely hope that the redesigning of services at the hospital will allow people to access the help that they need in a secure environment.”
“St Andrews is the largest provider of NHS care in the charity sector and I would like to thank all those involved for their continuing efforts to improve patient care and for providing such an excellent service to those who need it.”
Stephen added: “I am was also pleased to hear that the Hospital now has regular contact with the local Parish Council and they are working together to improve wider communications.”