Weaver Lodge Open Day Praise

Alternative Future Group’s Weaver Lodge hospital in Winsford has received a glowing report following an open day at the mental health rehabilitation unit for adults.

Brian Bayley, who represents the charity Open Minds which promotes better access to mental health care, has since written to the hospital praising the facilities, safety arrangements and the friendliness of staff.

“I was impressed by the generous provision of emergency-call points and fire appliances in all areas, showing that safety is paramount at Weaver Lodge. All the staff that I was privileged to meet were very friendly and welcoming to visitors and service users, making for a happy atmosphere.

“I was very impressed by the equipment in the therapy kitchen. There was a comprehensive range of utensils for the service users to make anything from a cup of tea to a full meal in safe surroundings. I saw the fire extinguisher and fire blanket were wall mounted where they were easily accessible if needed.

“The service users bedroom was well set out with a full sized single bed, built-in wardrobe with overhead storage, a full-sized dressing table with ample drawer space and a full-length wall mirror. There was also a lockable wall-mounted medicines cabinet. The room was tastefully decorated.

“The bathroom was well set up for the occupant to bathe themselves or to be assisted, with an alarm pull-cord between the shower and toilet. The door allowed privacy but also access from the bedroom in an emergency.

“The service users assisted bathroom was very good, allowing staff all-round access to the bath and the hoist is a design which allows staff to bathe people with a wide range of mobility problems. Next to the bathroom was a dedicated visitors toilet. A nice thought for the visitors as they may be embarrassed to have to use staff facilities.

“Another good plan is the provision of laundries for service users laundry and a separate laundry for bedding and towels.”.

He noted the provision of separate lounges for male and female service users. The outdoor seating had been welcomed by people, particularly with the hot, sunny weather.

Adding: “I very much enjoyed my visit to Weaver Lodge and wish everyone a successful future.”

Cheshire Integrated Pathway Lead Debbie Murray said: “This is lovely feedback. Brian spoke to everyone who was in attendance on the day and was very impressed with what Weaver Lodge has to offer – spending several hours with us.”

Partner organisations attending on the day were provided with information on how the service operates, its achievements and future plans. Weaver Lodge has a CQC Good rating across the five domains of caring, responsive, well led, safe and effective.

Pictured at the open day are (from left to right): Senior Nurse Practitioner Ree Mkwena, Integrated Pathway Lead Debbie Murray and Employee Relations Lead Stephen Critchley.