A ward to meet needs

AN IMPROVED ward for mental health patients has been officially opened in Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The NHS mental health trust - South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - transferred is services to the Ashdale ward at the Halifax hospital from St Luke’s Hospital in Huddersfield.

The new 24-bed ward is more modern with improved accommodation for adult patients experiencing mental distress.

The trust invited local partners and members’ council representatives to a special event, where they were joined by the trust’s chairwoman, Joyce Catterick for a guided tour of the new facilities.

Ms Catterick said: “Staff have worked extremely hard on the transfer of the service and have overcome a number of challenges along the way. They have embraced the changes and are already receiving positive feedback from service users about the improved setting.

“When people do need to receive care in hospital, we want them to benefit from the best possible environment to enable them to recover and live their lives to the full. This transfer to the Ashdale ward in Halifax has enabled us to meet the needs of people from Calderdale and Kirklees who need to use the service as well as provide facilities that our staff are proud to work in.”

Community services for people from Calderdale will remain in the Calderdale area.