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Refurbishment work to resume on Derwent Centre

Health / Thu 14th Aug 2014 pm31 02:37pm

WORK on the £9m refurbishment of the Derwent Centre, Harlow, will restart on September 22. Work was temporarily suspended ten weeks ago while issues with some of the structural beams were investigated.

North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation NHS Trust (NEP) west area Director David Olive said: “I am delighted to say that the issues that were found are now being resolved and work on this much needed refurbishment can get back on track.”

The Derwent Centre, which is owned and run by NEP, provides in-patient wards and day centre facilities for mentally ill patients in the west of Essex. When complete the refurbished centre will provide two, new state-of-the art, wards each with single on-suite rooms for a total of 32 patients, together with their “hub”, where daily activities will take place including lounge space, dining room and servery.

The Derwent Centre will continue to function as a treatment centre during the building work. Patients and staff will continue to use some parts of the Derwent Centre while building work is carried out.

The refurbishment is expected to take two years to complete.

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