New £2.9m drug and alcohol centre opens

Woodlands alcohol unit sleepover
Woodlands alcohol unit sleepover

A SPECIALIST unit to treat patients with drug and alcohol problems has opened in Bulwell.

The Woodlands, which is based at Highbury Hospital, has cost £2.9 million.

Launched by the Nottinghamshire Healthcare organisation, it replaces a former unit at the Wells Road Centre in Mapperley.

The Woodlands is split into two buildings — Great Oaks and Tall Trees — and provides 15 en-suite bedrooms. It includes a gym, lounge, meeting/activity room, computer suite, sensory and complementary therapy room and a large garden.

Simon Smith, executive director for local services with Nottinghamshire Healthcare, said: “This new, fit-for-purpose unit is long overdue. The fresh environment will provide a welcoming setting for some of the most disadvantaged of our service users.”

Before the unit was fully opened, staff and senior managers tested it out with a sleepover.

They used role-play exercises to stage an emergency call-out and even took part in a mock ‘staff attack’ to test the alarm system that has been installed to protect workers from aggressive patients.

Each room was also checked to make sure equipment worked and the furniture was comfortable and safe.

Service users and carers have been involved in plans for The Woodlands from the start, offering feedback.

The treatment programme at the unit is designed to integrate patients back into society with the help of a variety of therapies.