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Work starts on Harbourne Unit facelift

Posted on 15th May, 2006

Following a recent announcement that funding had been secured for the project, work has now started on a major £170,000 refurbishment of the Harbourne Unit at Totnes Community Hospital.  The 16-bed unit, which provides acute inpatient care for older people with a mental illness, has been in need of extensive modernisation and refurbishment for some time. The work is expected to take around 13 weeks and it is hoped that the refurbishment will be completed by the beginning of August.  The Mayor of Totnes, Councillor Mrs Pruw Boswell Harper, has kindly agreed to conduct the official re-opening ceremony. Commenting on the project, the unit’s Nurse Manager, Stephen Bellows, said: “This refurbishment will make some major and much-needed improvements to the unit and will provide a far better and more appropriate environment for our staff, service users, carers and families. We are very pleased that the work is now under way and hopeful that it will be completed on time.  “We are aware that the project has caused inconvenience for some of our service users and their carers but we have made every effort to minimise any disruption.  I am hopeful that everyone concerned will feel that the end result is worth it.  I would like to give a particular vote of thanks to our staff, who have been very understanding and shown great flexibility in altering their working arrangements while the work is being undertaken.” The major elements of the refurbishment are: • Installation of a new air conditioning system
• New showers for male and female four-bed wards
• Refurbishment of the dining room
• Improvements to the office/administration area
• Updating of the nurse-call system
• Removal of ligature points (meeting acute mental health safety requirements)
• New floor coverings in major areas
• Redecoration throughout.