Cove Ward: one year on, no one treated out of county

11 March 2019 Posted by

A mental health unit in Cornwall is celebrating its first birthday with the news that not a single person an acute mental health condition has had to travel over the Tamar for specialist inpatient care.

Since the 15-bed Cove ward in Redruth opened its doors last March, people are being cared for in the county. The Cove, based at Longreach House in Redruth, is a fast-tracked, psychologically informed rehabilitation unit, and aims to promote a patient-centred, fast-tracked discharge and support patients to return to, and remain well in the community.

It was opened as part of a number of initiatives to address the pressures faced by acute inpatient mental health services, whilst preventing out of county adult acute inpatient mental health services and provide a better service for people.

Dr Paul Cook, Chairman of the Crisis Care Concordat, said: “It is an amazing achievement that no one with an acute mental health condition has needed to travel out of Cornwall to receive care for an acute mental health condition since 1 April 2018.

“The Cove Ward is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when people from across health and care work together to look after people and provide care nearer to their homes and families.

“Vulnerable people are now receiving the very best care closer to home, helping to prepare them for independent living and a return to the community.

“We know this approach has better outcomes for people’s recovery.

“This is ahead of the Government’s deadline and puts Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly well ahead of the majority of other health care systems in the country. Everyone working in Cornwall’s health and care system should be rightly proud of this achievement.”

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