West London mental health patients move out of Victorian buildings, bringing improved care


Over 30 service users from West London NHS Trust are benefiting from improved care, delivered in a modern environment, after moving this week out of buildings dating back to the mid 19th century.

The service users have moved to Medway Lodge, on the St Bernard’s site in Hanwell, which has just completed a two year refurbishment.

The 34 service users are all men who have challenging behaviour or are offenders, and require care in conditions of medium security. The move means that all of the Trust’s medium secure service users are now housed on a single site with their accommodation and their therapy, vocational and educational support provided together in a therapeutic environment.

The new facilities include bigger bedrooms, more natural light, greater privacy and a new kitchen facility to help service users with their rehabilitation.

Leeanne McGee, Director of High Secure and Forensic Services, said:

“This is a really positive step for service users and staff, as well as carers and families. It means we can deliver the highest quality care we aspire to provide, unimpeded by the limitations of buildings that are 150 years old.

“Other service users who have moved from Victorian buildings into modern facilities have commented on how the improved environment has helped with their recovery and rehabilitation. I am confident that the service users who have moved to Medway Lodge will experience the same, positive change.”

The Trust’s next improvement project for secure service users will be the refurbishment of The Wells Unit, also on the St Bernard’s site, which will improve the care and environment for young men under 18.