A new building which will feature a café and be a central hub for patients, staff and members of the local community has been opened by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.
The Resource Centre has opened its doors at the Trust’s Fulbourn Hospital site in Cambridge.
Staff from CPFT’s pharmacy service have become the first to move in following a year-long building programme, and they will soon be joined by music, art, and drama therapists alongside members of the Heart and Soul chaplaincy team.
At more than 1,200 square metres, the two-storey building – which replaces the previous Resource Centre on the site - will also house a gym for service-users who are being cared for at the Trust’s mental health wards for adults and older people at Fulbourn Hospital, along with physio and occupational therapy areas, office accommodation and meeting rooms.
At the start of April, a new branch of The EDGE Café will be opening at the centre. The social enterprise already has an outlet at the Brookfields Hospital site on Mill Road in Cambridge.
The Resource Centre was built by Morgan Sindall Construction using buildings which were previously on the site of the former Royal Papworth Hospital.
Alison Manton, Associate Director of Estates, said: “The new Resource Centre is a fantastic addition to our Fulbourn site.
“The buildings have been re-purposed and transformed into a place which I believe staff, service-users and visitors will really enjoy.”
Jamie Shearman, Area Director for Morgan Sindall Construction in Cambridgeshire, said: “It's great to see the Resource Centre's doors open, as we know that it's going to deliver a long list of benefits for the local community.
“Thanks to our collaborative relationship with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, we've utilised a number of innovative and creative solutions which made this a streamlined and sustainable project tailored to Fulbourn Hospital's requirements."
Tom Jefford, one of co-directors of The EDGE Café – which will be opening The EDGE @ Fulbourn on 3 April - said: “This opportunity extends the work of The EDGE to deliver great food in a beautiful new space as we seek to develop new collaborations with people with lived experience of mental health and local partners."
*Photo of the new Resource Centre by Steven Albery from the Pharmacy Team
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