Rehabilitation units at St Michael’s Hospital get a facelift

By Jo Makosinski | 12-May-2023

Anti-ligature improvements carried out on Warwick mental health wards

Willmott Dixon Interiors has completed the latest phase of a project to modernise a mental health care facility in Warwickshire.

The national fit-out and refurbishment specialist has upgraded four mental health rehabilitation units at St Michael’s Hospital in Warwick, on behalf of Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.

The anti-ligature refurbishment of the Hazelwood, Rowan, Willowvale, and Cedarwood wards will deliver an improved experience for NHS patients and keep vulnerable people safe from harm.

Works were carried out in a live hospital environment and consisted of the installation of new windows and internal doors to all wards and adaptations to power, data, and access control services.

Improvements have been made to lighting, ventilation grilles, radiator covers, and sanitaryware, while flooring has also been cleaned and repaired.

In addition, all four buildings have been decorated throughout.

And Willmott Dixon Interiors also presented staff with new board games, jigsaw puzzles, and a cheque for £1,000 which was raised by its site team during completion of the works.

The refurbishment of the four units is the latest phase of a wider project, awarded via the Procurement Hub Major Project Framework, to upgrade several inpatient wards and outpatient clinics at the hospital.

Phase one saw the refurbishment of Rosewood Terrace, an inpatient mental health rehabilitation unit, in early 2022, and works will shortly commence on Ferndale Ward, which are scheduled to complete in August, with the final phase of the project being the refurbishment of Larches Ward, which is due to be handed over early next year.

All completed phases have been delivered by a project team that includes Fulkers Bailey Russell as quantity surveyor, and Design Buro as the principal designer.

Phil Crowther, director at Willmott Dixon Interiors, said: “Our refurbishment has delivered a modern healthcare environment and improved experience for patients and staff alike.

“Anti-ligature work is highly specialised and very different from a traditional refurbishment and all works were designed with patient care and safety in mind and delivered by a highly-experienced team.”

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