"Feedback at Woody's - Wathwood Hospital"

About: Wathwood Hospital

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

Wathwood Hospital is a 60 bedded medium secure unit for individuals who require assessment and treatment of mental health difficulties in a secure environment. The hospital of fers sporting, leisure, and educational activities alongside a structured therapy programme. The Involvement team visits patients informally at Woody's shop on the hospital site. This time we went along with a service user Governor of the Trust and a volunteer to hear patients stories. This is what patients and staff say about Wathwood:

'The best thing about Wathwood is the swimming pool. It's therapeutic and makes me relaxed as we are able to go every week.'

'I wish I could smoke at Wathwood but even though I want to smoke, it's done me good as my smokers cough has imporved'

'I like the facilities, I'm on a diet, I was on a 'healthy lifestyles' programme but now I'm doing it on my own. I want to be able to bend down and get my breath so i'm doing it to be healthier and I've lost over a stone'.

Staff are helpful and things get done. It's worked for me. Staff should be paid more!

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Response from Philip Dickinson, Ward Manager and Involvement Lead, Wathwood Hospital, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Its very encouraging to read that the work we are doing to improve people's physical health alongside their mental health is helping individuals, and they are enjoying doing sports and leading a healthier non smoking life.

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