Health Minister Jo Churchill visited an inpatient unit run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) to find out more about the dedicated treatment and care it provides for local people with conditions such as dementia, bipolar and psychosis.
Ms Churchill, who is also MP for Bury St Edmunds, toured Wedgwood House, which is on the site of West Suffolk Hospital. During her visit, NSFT staff showed her around Abbeygate, Northgate and Southgate wards before explaining more about the services the Trust provides.
Ms Churchill was also given the chance to meet service users and carers to hear more about their experiences of receiving care, as well as staff working at the unit. In addition, she met NSFT Chief Executive Jonathan Warren and Dr Ed Garratt, Chief Executive of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups.
She said: “I was pleased to once again visit Wedgwood House and meet with service users and staff members. It was great to see the important work being carried out by the Trust in delivering care, which is having a positive impact on service users and their carers.
“I will continue to work with Jonathan, Ed and all stakeholders to ensure service users in West Suffolk continue to see services improve.”
Mr Warren said: “We were delighted to welcome Jo Churchill to Wedgwood House to show her the facilities and explain more about the work we are doing to further improve the care we provide for local people.
“There are a range of important initiatives taking place across the Trust to boost the quality and safety of the services our patients receive. We were pleased to be given the opportunity to showcase some of these projects and to explain more about the positive impact they are having on our service users and their carers.”
Dr Garratt said: “It was pleasure to be part of this visit and pleasing to witness the good work that is taking place at Wedgwood House.
“I know that Jo Churchill is a passionate advocate for improving mental health services in west Suffolk and is supportive of the NHS’s commitment to transforming local care. This visit enabled her to see first-hand how things are changing for the better.”