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A new inpatient recovery service for people with mental illness will open in March 2014.

The service currently being provided at Laurel House, in Alexandra Road, Gloucester, will move to a site on Swindon Road, in Cheltenham.

The Cheltenham building is currently being refurbished to provide a high quality environment with single sex accommodation and activity spaces, which will be much improved, compared to the current Gloucester service and will further support the aim of the service to help people live independently.

Following consultation with service users and staff the new Cheltenham site will also be named Laurel House, in recognition of the high quality service currently provided by the team. 

Trish Jay ²gether’s Director of Quality said: “This is a really exciting development for the people of Gloucestershire and demonstrates how we continue to invest in fit for purpose environments that enable us to meet current standards and the latest safety regulations.

“Laurel House is an old Edwardian building and does not have the modern facilities we wish to provide for our service users and for our colleagues who provide their care and support.

“The new building is situated on the same site as many of ²gether’s other buildings, including Honeybourne which also provides recovery inpatient care. This means that the Trust can work more closely together for the benefit of everyone concerned.”

Trish continued: “We are making sure that service users currently cared for in Laurel House and their family members are kept informed of the process.

“There will be no change to current staffing and all staff working at Laurel House will be offered a transfer to the new location. The work they have carried out at Laurel House has been exemplary, and we are sure the services provided at the new unit will be of an equally high standard, with the benefit of improved surroundings.”