Posted on 15th April, 2015
The formal ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new Wellbeing Clinic at the Russell Clinic in Exeter has been conducted by Annabel - a user of the clozapine clinic for more than ten years. Following the ceremony, which included congratulations from our Chair Julie Dent, Pam Spencer led a guided tour of the wonderful new facility. Until now, the clozapine clinic has been based at the nearby Cedars and it is used by about 30 people a week. On top of the usual clinic functions, it will now be supporting the whole person and talking to people about a host of physical health issues such as exercise, diet, smoking and lifestyle. Three rooms have been completely refurbished at the Russell Clinic, including the Music Room, which is a large meeting room that will now double-up as the waiting room for the Wellbeing Clinic every Wednesday. There is also a newly refurbished 'Physical Health Hub' and a small interview room. The team has has worked with a transformational artist to refurbish the rooms and Russell Clinic residents will also be encouraged to produce their own artwork to decorate the space. Plans are in place to refurbish other parts of the Russell Clinic, including the corridors, lighting, flooring and bathrooms. The main Reception area has already been done, and is now much more welcoming. A dedicated garden area has also been created recently (at the back of the clinic in the main Wonford House quadrangle) and this is already giving residents an outdoor area for socialising, barbecues and growing plants and vegetables. The Russell Clinic has 16 beds and 28 staff and provides our inpatient rehabilitation service.