Name of new Wakefield hub announced


South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has announced the name of a brand new mental health and community services centre in the heart of Wakefield.

The Trust is leasing the former Quest building from Barnsley-based Quest Property. Quest Property is part of the Brook Group and is a Barnsley based, family owned property company. This new development will bring further regeneration to the centre of Wakefield. The refurbishment of the former Quest night club includes taking the existing building back to its shell and creating a modern, therapeutic environment for patients.

Trust staff were asked to come up with a name and it’s now been decided to call it the Drury Lane Health & Wellbeing Centre.  The winning suggestion came from Andrea Lyons who works in the dietetic team.

The investment in the new Drury Lane Health & Wellbeing Centre is part of a wider programme to further improve mental health and community services provision throughout the South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership NHS Foundation Trust area and will make it easier for patients to access services. Elsewhere in South and West Yorkshire, there is a £2.7m new hub being developed in Pontefract. The £6.2m Laura Mitchell Hub in Halifax opened at Christmas and the £1.7m refurbished New Street Centre in Barnsley opened last autumn.

The new Wakefield hub will house different services currently spread out across the  district including: adults of working age community mental health teams, older people’s services community mental health teams, CAMHS and learning disabilities community services.

Chief executive Rob Webster and district director – Barnsley & Wakefield BDUs Sean Rayner recently visited the site.

Rob said: “This investment demonstrates that we are committed to delivering high quality services in the communities we serve. Our new, purpose-built centre will benefit staff and service users in Wakefield. By bringing services together, they will be more joined up and allow us to put local people first and in the centre of all we do.”

Sean added: “More than 200 members of staff will be coming together from a number of sites in the new hub.  Co-location of teams will have benefits for both staff and service users. I would like to thank all involved in the project, as well as those members of staff making the move, to ensuring the success of this development.”

Jason Brook, chief executive of Quest Property, said: “We are thrilled to be in partnership with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and we are looking forward to bringing the redevelopment of this centrally located building back into use for the community; it will be a huge benefit for local people. Quest Property are passionate about completing prestigious developments to the highest standard and our work alongside the Trust is no exception.”

The Drury Lane Health & Wellbeing Centre will open to service users in October with an official opening ceremony in the New Year.

Name of new Wakefield hub announced

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