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The day care unit and cafeteria at a Hereford mental health facility has been completely refurbished and reopened.

The facility, at the Stonebow Unit, which is in the grounds of Hereford County Hospital, has been given the overhaul by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the facility, with funding from Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Sally Simmonds, Acute Services Manager with ²gether, said the work, which included total redecoration and the creation of a new communal kitchen and coffee room, had made a huge difference.

She said: “The day care unit offers therapeutic activity to outpatients at risk of hospital admission and to inpatients staying at Stonebow and another of our facilities, Oak House.

“The kitchen will be a very valuable asset, enabling group cooking activities and letting us provide activities which promote independence.

“Overall, the refurbishment provides a light, calming and airy environment which will be valued by staff and patients alike.

“We’re very grateful to everyone who made the refurbishment possible, and I’m sure the new facilities will prove a great asset to us and everyone we support from across Herefordshire.”

The refurbishment has taken two months in total and the official reopening was carried out by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s Chair Ruth FitzJohn.

The re-opening took the form of a celebration, during which music was provided thanks to the Herefordshire Mental Health Reference Group.

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