Panthers skate in to open unit for drug and drink addicts

Woodlands unit opening

Woodlands unit opening

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PLAYERS from Nottingham Panthers ice-hockey team skated in to officially open a £2.9 million hospital unit in Bulwell that will help drug and alcohol addicts.

Stevie Lee, Guy Lepine, Scott Champagne and Brandon Benedict joined Professor Mike Cooke, chief executive of the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, to celebrate the launch of The Woodlands.

The unit, which is at Highbury Hospital on Highbury Road, provides support as a regional in-patient unit for those with drink and drug problems. It offers 15 beds and consists of two buildings — Great Oaks, which provides personalised, single, en-suite accommodation, and Tall Trees where the recovery day-programme is delivered.

The Woodlands, which has been funded by the trust, uses a variety of therapies, with emphasis on helping patients return to their normal lives as contributing members of the community.

Professor Cooke said: “We are committed to providing the highest-quality care for those using our serices. This fantastic new unit provides a modern and welcoming environment for those needing care for substance misuse.

“We are delighted that Nottingham Panthers were able to join us in celebrating this impressive facility and the essential care and support it provides.”

The Woodlands also boasts a gym, meeting rooms and garden.

OUR PHOTO shows Professor Cooke (third from left) with (from left) David Manley, clinical director of specialist services at Nottinghamshire Healthcare, Rod Huspith, the manager of The Woodlands, and Panthers players Benedict, Champagne, Lepine and Lee at the opening.