Moving forward with plans to improve our community facilities
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust is moving to the next stage of its estate redevelopment programme, which, subject to planning permission, will see the redevelopment of our community site at 1 Lowther Road, Islington.
The Trust is inviting people who live and work near 1 Lowther Road to view plans and drawings for the redevelopment of this site. They are being asked for their feedback, before the Trust applies to the local authority for full planning permission.
Dr Vincent Kirchner, Medical Director at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Improving the quality of our community facilities is a crucial part of our plans to help people with mental health problems to live well in their communities. Good community services enable people who need our support to receive help early on in their illness, reducing the impact of the illness and the need for a hospital admission.
“By redeveloping our ageing building at Lowther Road, we have the opportunity to create a modern, welcoming facility with more space. This will allow us to offer integrated services that address overall wellbeing, for example mental health and physical health, and will provide the accommodation we need to co-locate our clinical teams to join-up the care we provide.
“We have committed to co-designing all of our new facilities with service users, carers and staff. Over the past 18 months, we have listened to their feedback and involved them in the design process, every step of the way. People have told us that they want non-stigmatising spaces in the community where they can access a range of health and wellbeing services, take part in support groups or meet friends for coffee. Travel and transport are also important, particularly to those living with physical disabilities or anxiety.”
Akin Durowoju, Development Project Director said: “I am pleased that so much of the feedback we have received from our key stakeholders, including users of the services at Lowther Road, has been incorporated into the building design. “As well as offering the potential of more space for our services, this site provides a central location with good transport links and shops and amenities that support social inclusion for those living with mental illness.
“As the next step, we are really keen to hear the views of our neighbours at Lowther Road. We will be sharing our plans at two, live, virtual events, hosted by the Trust and our architects.”
Dates of live virtual events:
· Tuesday 29 September, 6pm
· Thursday 1 October, 6pm
Joining instructions Anyone wishing to attend one of the virtual events should email firstname.lastname@example.org stating the session you would like to join, as well as your name, postal and email addresses. You will be sent, by email, a video conferencing link that you can use to join the event from your device, on the date and time you have chosen. Please send any questions you have in advance to the same email address. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the online event through a text function.
C&I has moved the service we normally offer in emergency departments to our 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service, at St Pancras Hospital. The service will see people in need of urgent care so that they do not have to go to a hospital emergency department unless they have an urgent medical need. Emergency departments are under unprecedented pressure due to COVID-19 – the illness caused by coronavirus. We are urging people in mental health crisis to telephone our 24/7 crisis line on 020 3317 6333 or contact their usual community mental health team. If service users attend the 24-hour Mental Health Crisis Assessment Service in person we will see you but we urge you to contact the crisis line in advance for advice to ensure you are only leaving home when absolutely necessary.