New mental health hub opened by mayor

Mayor Kim Forward cuts the cake at the opening. Picture Jim Holden
Mayor Kim Forward cuts the cake at the opening. Picture Jim Holden

A NEW hub for people to access mental health services was officially opened by the town’s mayor.

Councillor Kim Forward launched Cavendish House, in Breeds Place, which replaces a number of older and less suitable buildings to bring brought community mental health provision into one place.

She said: “It was my honour to officially open the Assessment and Treatment Centre at Cavendish House and to meet many dedicated professionals who are working together for the benefit of our whole community.

“I was impressed by the warm, welcoming environment which sends a clear message to clients about how much they are valued.

“The teams are to be praised for the way in which they have embraced the new way of delivering mental health services and the opportunities it provides for supporting and enabling people: their commitment and work is of the utmost importance.”

She later met service users and staff at Cavendish House.

Neil Waterhouse, service director at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs mental health services in the county, said: “We worked with GPs and listened to people and this new service is the result. Through Cavendish House we provide quick access to specialist treatment, help people to recover and support them to remain at home and get the help they need locally.”

Cavendish House brings together teams and experts from across Hastings and Rother. While it acts as a central hub many people are seen in their own homes and Sussex Partnership continues to run clinics in Bexhill and Battle and from St Anne’s Centre at St Leonards.