New unit at Rampton Hospital opened by Secretary of State for Health

Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Dean Fathers, Andrew Lansley MP, executive director Forensic Sciences Nottinghamshire Healthcare Dr Mike Harris
Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Dean Fathers, Andrew Lansley MP, executive director Forensic Sciences Nottinghamshire Healthcare Dr Mike Harris

The Secretary of State for Health has officially opened a new unit at Rampton Hospital.

Andrew Lansley MP visited the new home of the National High Secure Learning Disability Service.

The unit is the highest value capital project ever undertaken by Notts Healthcare and offers service for the predominantly young group of men with learning disabilities who have diverse forensic and health needs within an environment of high security.

“We are committed to improving the quality of care, patient experience and outcomes for all NHS patients,” said Mr Lansley.

“This new building will help ensure the National High Secure Learning Disability Service can continue to deliver this commitment. I am very pleased to have had this chance to meet staff and patients and to see the impressive work they do.”

The building, known as the David Wilson Unit, is named after the former clinical director of the Learning Disability Service at Rampton who died in 2007. His lifetime passion was the provision of high quality care for this most disadvantaged group.

It took two years to build and includes four residential house units, with a total of 54 beds, and a Therapeutic Core Building which is accessed by patients attending for daytime activities such exercise in the multi-gym and music therapy in the dedicated music room.

Dr Mike Harris, executive director of Forensic Sciences, said everyone is delighted with the new unit.

“It offers the highest quality environment to our patients with learning disabilities and enables us to provide improved therapies whilst keeping everyone safe and secure. Feedback from staff and patients alike has been extremely positive.”

As well as viewing the new unit and meeting with some of its patients, Mr Lansley looked around other areas of the hospital.