A MENTAL health unit in Basildon has undergone a £2 million revamp to improve safety and raise therapy standards.

Based inside Basildon Mental Health Unit on the Basildon Hospital site, the Hadleigh Unit facility provides critical care for mental health crisis sufferers.

The refurbishment, carried out over seven months, saw all 15 bedrooms receiving upgrades including the installation of new doors with safety alarms and furniture featuring safety elements.

Elsewhere in the ward, a new heating and ventilation system was fitted, and the lighting and flooring were replaced.

Echo: Fifteen bedrooms have been refurbished, including new doors fitted with safety alarmsFifteen bedrooms have been refurbished, including new doors fitted with safety alarms (Image: Essex Partnership University)

Fresh paint, along with new wall art, has helped rejuvenate the space further.

The unit's de-escalation and seclusion areas, crucial for patient and general safety, have been expanded and redesigned to promote a more therapeutic atmosphere.

Patients were accommodated in other Trust wards during the renovation.

The revamp was coordinated over seven months by the hospital's Capital Projects team in collaboration with clinical staff and the Estates and Facilities team.

Tracy Abbott, Capital Projects manager, said: "These improvements are part of our investment in enhancing safety and making our inpatient wards more therapeutic and comfortable for the people we care for."