Reed Marsh House, Redcar officially opened. @TEWV

Our new mental health community services for older people centre in Redcar, Reed Marsh House, was officially opened by Trust chairman Lesley Bessant today.

Reed Marsh House is our new community base for mental health services for older people in the Redcar area. the centre offers a wide-range of support for older people with an emphasis on helping people to live well with dementia or to recover from illness and maintain recovery

The new centre brings together NHS mental health staff and local authority social care staff together in one community team base to work closer together and better support service users.

The team at Reed Marsh House, based in Coatham Road Surgery, Coatham Road, Redcar, includes consultant psychiatrists, advanced nurse practitioners, occupational therapists, community psychiatric nurses, social workers, approved mental health practitioners, psychologists and community support workers.

Services at Reed Marsh House include a memory clinic which provides a timely, comprehensive mental health assessment to people who are experiencing a change in cognitive functioning; functional services providing assessment and services to people with serious mental health issues associated with a psychosis, disorders of mood, emotion, behaviour and personality, and social care assessments of need.

Staff can offer appointments at Reed Marsh House or visit people in their homes, whichever suits an individual’s preference and needs.

Reed Marsh House has been refurbished with the needs of older people in mind: ground floor consultation rooms are available, there is disabled access throughout and furniture, wall colours and wall art have been chosen with input from service users and staff. Wall paint colours are in line with Sterling University guidelines for patients with dementia.

The location of Reed Marsh House was chosen as around 80 per cent of older people using the community team’s services are based in the TS10 postcode area. The site is located on major bus routes and close to Redcar train station providing easy access. There is also on-site parking.

David Brown, director of operations, Teesside, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to officially open Reed Marsh House. By bringing together mental health and social care staff we can make sure we are offering older people a community mental health service where we can co-ordinate the care to meet their needs.”

Community services for older people were previously provided from Guisborough Hospital. Working with NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Redcar and Cleveland Council, TEWV sought to improve services for the vulnerable, elderly and those with long-term conditions and subsequently developed Reed Marsh House community base for older people’s services.