Salus Ward at Torbay Hospital is nearing completion. @dpt_nhs

 

The construction of our new mental health ward, Salus, at Torbay Hospital is nearing completion and is due to be handed over to us in April 2022 with the first patient admissions planned for the end of June. The site is a hive of activity with Kier and their sub-contractors working hard to complete the building.

The £12.5m project will provide a range of facilities, including treatment and therapy rooms, a family room, 16 en-suite bedrooms as well as offices for staff, a main reception and waiting area. Recruitment of the ward team is well under way and colleagues recently had the opportunity to visit a sample bedroom and get a feel for the new facilities.

Salus ward has been cleverly constructed on a relatively narrow piece of land to the back of Torbay Hospital. Due to space limitations, part of the garden dedicated to Haytor ward had to be taken to provide additional space for the new building. The good news is that work is already underway to transform the remaining garden in to a calm and welcoming space for patients and staff.

Even when newly constructed, hospitals can often be sterile and frightening spaces which is why we have partnered with Hospital Rooms, an arts and mental health charity, to commission art works for Salus, Beech and Haytor, our three inpatient mental health wards in Torbay. The project has received £60,000 from the DPT Charity to go towards the funding of the work and Daniel Robson, Head of Charity Fundraising, said: “We are delighted that charity funds can be used to provide extraordinary artworks for our Torbay wards, it is exactly what our charity is here to do, support the enhancements of our services and environment for the benefit of patients and staff wellbeing.”

With the help of acclaimed artists, Hospital Rooms helps to turn uninviting and bare rooms in to bright and welcoming spaces. Hospital Rooms have worked with us before, providing beautiful works of art for Jasmine Lodge, our Mother and Baby Unit, and The Junipers, our Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit in Exeter.

A series of artist workshops involving the community were held from November 2021 to January 2022. Staff, patients and members of the public got creative and learned a range of techniques from painting, drawing and printmaking and were able to experience how the final artworks would be put together. Hospital Rooms have written a blog about these workshops which also includes some wonderful photos.

It is with great excitement that we can confirm that the installation of the artworks begins this week with the first pieces being installed on Beech ward. Mark Jessett will have works in the dining room and small lounge and Tom Hammick’s works will feature in the main lounge and corridor.

 

(Above left) an example of Mark Jessett’s work and (above right) an example of Tom Hammick’s work

The schedule for the remaining artwork to be installed is as follows:

Works begins in March – Haytor ward

  • Tanoa Sasraku artwork in the gym
  • Sam Bassett artwork in the main lounge

Work begins in April – Haytor ward and Salus ward

  • Jacqui Hallum artwork in the women’s lounge
  • Simon Ripley artwork in the corridor
  • Huhtamaki Wab artwork in the dining room at Haytor
  • Anna Chrystal Stephens in the corridor at Salus

Works begins in May – Beech Unit and Salus ward

  • Katy Richardson artwork in the tapestry corner
  • Max Eastley artwork in the courtyard garden
  • Catherine Cartwright artwork in the retreat
  • Andy Harper artwork in the TV room
  • Cass Agazzi Brooks artwork in the family room
  • Ged Quinn artwork on the wall next to dining room

Photos of the newly installed artworks will be shared soon.