"Wathwood Hospital"

About: Wathwood Hospital

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

The following was dictated to an Involvement Volunteer by a patient at Wathwood Hospital:

Good hospital. Plenty of things to do.

I go swimming and use the gym.

I come to the shop (Woody’s) daily.

I want to go into supported living.

Time is more in my favour than when I was in prison.

I think the Home Office is too strict which means that things don’t happen as quickly as they ought to.

Most patients have no leave to be involved in the Farm Shop.

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Response from Philip Dickinson, Ward Manager and Involvement Lead, Wathwood Hospital, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

It is good to read that people are enjoying the activities and facilities offered at Wathwood such as the pool/gym and access to the shop/library. We have arranged for patients who do not have Section 17 leave to order items from the farm shop which are dilerved to the ward. However patients are encouraged to attend the shop in the hospital and then work towards external leave when they can access the farm shop and over half of the patients at wathwood have access to the farm shop. With regards to independent living Wathwood are working towards opening the lodges at the end of May which will promote independent living, recovery and rehabilitation back into the community.

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