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New unit reflects patients’ journey

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A new £33.5m medium-secure mental health unit is to open this month at Bethlem Royal Hospital in South London.

The 89-bed River House is the largest development undertaken by South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

Designed around a river theme to symbolise the journey towards recovery, the single, en-suite rooms all have a garden view.

Patients have access to therapy rooms, a gym and a library, and cooking, laundry and financial facilities.

Senior nurse Mary Yates (pictured), said: ‘We work in collaboration with patients to help them overcome barriers, develop an understanding of their illness and move along the care pathway.’

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