new mental health facility has opened to patients in South West London that will feature the largest arts project in NHS history.
The Trinity building at Springfield hospital will be home to four wards and provide a variety of mental health services for residents in Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.
Thirty teams and 500 patients and staff have already moved into the building, which is located at the psychiatric hospital in Tooting.
The facilities also feature 20 artworks created in partnership with created in partnership with arts and mental health charity Hospital Rooms.
Leading artists have hosted more than 120 workshops with the Trust’s patients, carers and staff to help shape specially commissioned artworks seeking to transform a patient’s experience of a hospital ward.
R Yinka Ilori’s artwork in the Atrium at Springfield Hospital/ South West London and St George’s NHS Trust
Caroline Lekuru, manager of the hospital’s Jupiter ward, said the building looked “amazing” and would make a “huge difference to the experience of both patients and staff”.
David, a patient on the ward, said: “It’s clear that the staff and designers have really thought hard about how to make things more suitable for us. Obviously a lot of thought has gone into the design of our bedrooms and the common areas of the buildings and our wards.”
Vanessa Ford. chief executive of South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, said: “From spacious, bright new wards to award-winning garden courtyards and vibrant artworks throughout, this building has been designed to break stigma and provide healing spaces where patients receive high quality care, treatment and recovery and where our teams are proud to work.
“Our Trust mission is Making Life Better Together, and this new facility is key to delivering this as we work with our community to transform mental health services in South West London. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us to bring our vision for Trinity to life.”