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Barrow mental health ward wins accolade

A HOSPITAL ward in Barrow has been given a top accolade.

The Dova Ward, at Dane Garth, in Barrow, has been awarded a Full Monty Award from the organisation Star Wards recognising the work of staff within mental health units.

Star Wards is a service user organisation designed to inspire staff working within mental health acute care in-patient settings to develop therapeutic activities to promote recovery.

The Full Monty award was presented to the staff on the Dova ward because they have implemented all 75 of the Star wards ideas.

Dean Stilling, ward manager, said: “I am really pleased at this outstanding achievement and with the care and consideration of all the staff on Dova Unit.

“The involvement in Star Wards has had a direct benefit to patient care, which has been reflected in the patient feedback.

Heather Hamill, an occupational therapist on the Dova unit, said: “I would personally like to thank all the staff involved in achieving this award and to the patients feedback which has helped to provide groups that they are interested in.

“Having meaningful occupation is a valuable tool to support the recovery process of mental health and we will endeavour to continue to provide a responsive service to meet patients' needs.”

The award was presented by Nic Higham who is an Inpatient Care Consultant from Star Wards.

He said: “It was a real pleasure to present Dova ward with their much deserved Star Wards Full Monty award. This is an extraordinary achievement! Each of the 75 ideas within the Star Wards scheme require considerable thought, creativity, planning, time, and tenacity.

“It’s very apparent that Heather, Glenn and team have worked hard to implement and adapt these ideas, and the result is a wonderfully welcoming and nurturing environment.

“I spoke with one patient who reflected on the variety of the therapeutic activities that are on offer and how the ward team go beyond the call of duty. I was also delighted to hear that each patient has access to psychology each week – this is really brilliant.

“I hope Dova’s Star Wards journey encourages other mental health wards within the Trust to take part in the scheme and that they have as much success. Wards can find out more by visiting our web site, which is starwards.org.uk.”

Have your say

I dont want to rain on anyones parade but? Thats not the general feeling coming from Service Users I know? Why dont you ask them yourselves,the Truth will out!

Posted by Wally ! on 4 February 2014 at 19:44

I can personally say that Sam my main nurse, Leanne the ward Psychologist and Glen in the activities room were brilliant when I was there. Their massively understaffed and overworked on the ward though and you wait around for the good people because of it a lot of the time - and there's nowt when your out!

Posted by Anon on 4 February 2014 at 19:39

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