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Specialist hospital expands capacity

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A hospital which supports people with brain injuries and degenerative neuropsychiatric conditions has invested to increase its capacity, bringing a further 12 much-needed beds. 

St Peter’s Hospital in Newport now offers 51 beds across single-gender units, which provide person-centred assessment, specialist treatment and nursing care for men and women. 

The additional beds come after a significant investment from specialist care provider Ludlow Street Healthcare, which owns and runs St Peter’s Hospital.

In addition to the 12 new en-suite rooms, a new family room and modern communal area have also been created, increasing provision for patients and their families. 

St Peter’s is known for the multi-disciplinary team is has on site, including psychologists, psychiatrists and an extensive group of therapists including dietetics, physiotherapy and speech and language specialists. 

It is committed to pursuing a therapy-based model of care, which can reduce patients’ need for a primarily drug-based pharmacological approach.

“Caring for and treating people with degenerative neuropsychiatric conditions and ABI is a very specialist area which requires expert knowledge and a lot of time,” says Dr Grzegorz Grzegorzak, consultant psychiatrist at St Peter’s Hospital. 

“There is an urgent need in Wales and the UK as a whole for more specialist facilities like ours. Extending our facilities allows us to give immediate help to more people, delivering more positive outcomes.”

Work began on developing the hospital’s facilities in late 2019, and despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the extension has been completed on schedule.

The expansion of St Peter’s continues to incorporate the bespoke design elements which make it dementia and ABI friendly. 

The hospital has worked closely with The University of Stirling’s Dementia Services Development Centre, to create an environment that is not only innovative and therapeutic but also encourages patient proactivity.

Helen Rocker, hospital director at St Peter’s Hospital, says: “This is an exciting development for St Peter’s and we are looking forward to welcoming new patients to the hospital.

“With all of our staff and patients who are able to receive the vaccine having been vaccinated, this couldn’t be a better time to be opening the new facility.

“The last year has been very challenging and the staff have been exemplary throughout in their unswerving commitment to ensuring the highest standards of virus control. So it’s gratifying to be finally able to look forward and focus on new opportunities to develop our patient services.”

And with the increased provision for patients comes new job opportunities, says Helen. 

“In order to support our additional patients, we will need to increase our staff numbers and we are actively recruiting for RMH and RGN Nurses as well as support workers,” she adds. 

“We have just raised our nursing salaries by nearly 6.5 per cent and are confident that we currently offer some of the most rewarding career opportunities for nurses in South Wales.”

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New £4.9m complex needs home opened by Exemplar Health Care

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A new £4.9million state-of-the-art specialist care home has been opened in Birmingham by Exemplar Health Care. 

Blackmoor is the third care home in Birmingham opened by Exemplar Health Care,a provider of specialist nursing care for adults living with complex needs.

The home will support up to 30 adults and specialise in supporting people living with complex mental health needs, neuro-disabilities, brain injuries, spinal injuries and complex dementia. 

Exemplar Health Care supports some of the most complex and acute individuals, who would often be in a hospital setting if not placed with them, enabling them to stay in the community and reducing hospital and secure facility admission. 

Specialist nursing care for adults living with neuro-disabilities

Blackmoor has the facilities to provide specialist nursing care for people living with a neuro-disability or neurodegenerative disorder. 

The home has 30 large bedrooms, each with an en-suite, across three ten-bed units – all three units have the provision for bariatric care. This small group living provides a homely and supportive environment, which is more responsive to people’s needs – including the Bournville Unit which is a female-only environment.

The home includes the Tolkien Unit, our male-only unit which supports up to ten adults living with complex health needs and mixed diagnoses, including neuro-disabilities, brain injuries, physical disabilities and those who have tracheostomies, ventilators and PEG feeding. 

Being on the ground floor and with garden access rooms, it’s ideal for those living with a neuro-disability. 

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The service also benefits from communal dining and living spaces as well as a cafe, therapy room, sensory room, salon and a large accessible garden.

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Blackmoor provides a supportive environment where people can receive the specialist nursing care that they need and remain closer to their loved ones. 

The home hosts a restaurant-style dining menu which is developed with service users at quarterly Food Forums. This ensures that menus are varied, interesting and available to everyone, taking into account personal preferences, condition-specific and religious dietary requirements. 

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“It is extremely rewarding to be able to support 30 local people with complex health needs” 

Kerry Hill, the Commissioning Home Director of Blackmoor, shares: “We are extremely happy to be able to open the fifth Exemplar Care Home in the West Midlands. We have designed and built Blackmoor to provide person-centered nursing care and rehabilitation that focuses on maximising independence, building everyday living skills, and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.

“We are also delighted to be able to support 30 adults living with a range of complex and high acuity needs while also generating over 100 jobs to the surrounding area of Birmingham.”