VIDEO: Councillor officially opens new unit at Thurrock Community Hospital

A NEW Unit has today been officially opened at Thurrock Community Hospital in Grays.

The Mayfield Unit has been open since 11 April, but last Thursday saw NELFT, NHS staff, council officials and Cllr Sue Little join patients and nursing staff in the official plaque unveiling.

The plaque had been donated by Thurrock Council, and Portfolio Holder for Children’s and Adult’s Social Care, Cllr Sue Little was given the unveiling honours, following a tour of the unit and chance to speak with patients.

Cllr Little said: “I am pleased to have been invited to attend and officially open the new facility at Thurrock Community Hospital.

“We’ve recently learnt that every care home in Thurrock is rated good or better and I’m pleased to see more great care being provided at the Mayfield Unit for the benefit of Thurrock residents.”

The new unit has undergone an 18 month refurbishment from the former Alastair Farquhason Centre to meet the needs of adults. The unit has 24 intermediate reablement beds, 22 side rooms and is dementia friendly.

The aim of the unit is to serve as a Step Up Step Down facility, reducing the length of stay needed by patients in Basildon Hospital, and supporting people to return home or to a local place of care. The aim is to have patients moved back to their homes within three weeks of arrival at the centre, with home care also provided.

The service aims to reduce the impact of long term chronic conditions and minor new conditions.

Care is provided by NELFT’s multidisciplinary team who are trained to manage both mental and physical health. The service is commissioned by NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group.

John Brouder, Chief Executive of NELFT, said: “I’m delighted that we are able to deliver the best care to people in Thurrock from the new Mayfield Community Hospital. The premises are truly top class combining clinical and environmental best practice to ensure compliance with the CQC requirements. Our staff have embraced the changes and are excited to be working in such close collaboration with Essex Partnership University Trust to provide integrated physical and mental health rehabilitation services to the people of Thurrock.”

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer at NHS Thurrock CCG, said: “We are delighted to celebrate this new facility. Mayfield Unit first began to offer care on 11 April and has already enabled many Thurrock patients to benefit from care closer to home, relieving pressure on beds at acute hospitals.

“This is a really first class unit and forms one strand of our bid to improve health and care experience for people in Thurrock under our local offer – For Thurrock in Thurrock. Thanks to the hard work and willingness to work together, with provider NELFT, Thurrock Council, Essex Partnership University Trust (formerly South Essex Partnership Trust) and the CCG, patients and their families will really benefit from this modern unit.”