An official opening has been held at the new base for ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s community-based mental health and learning disability teams, in Gloucester.
Pullman Place, in Great Western Road, is now home to more than 260 staff. As well as office space, the building also includes clinics and rooms where therapy sessions, medication reviews and clinical assessments can be carried out.
The opening was performed by Trust Chair, Ingrid Barker, who said the facility was an important development for the Trust and for healthcare in the city.
She said: “When ²gether purchased the building in 2016, it marked a significant investment in providing high quality accommodation for our colleagues, but most importantly, a more comfortable, accessible and welcoming environment for our service users and carers.
“It’s a marvellous building, in a key city centre location, and I was honoured to be able to perform the official opening.”
Pullman Place is home to a wide range of teams, including community dementia nurses, the perinatal mental health team, crisis and recovery teams, and learning disability services.
The teams housed at Pullman Place were previously based at sites including 44 London Road, 18 Denmark Road, Albion Chambers and Burleigh House, in Eastgate Street, and Field View, in Coney Hill. Those sites have now either been sold or returned to their landlords, as they were rented.
Jan Furniaux, Service Director for ²gether’s Gloucestershire Localities, said: “This is the latest in a series of planned developments, as part of our ongoing commitment and investment in the continued quality improvement of our services.
“We’ve opened our Forest of Dean Hub, in Cinderford, our refurbished Stroud Hub, at Weavers Croft, and also the Fritchie Centre, our base for our research team and Managing Memory ²gether service, in Cheltenham.
“Pullman Place is the perfect location for our Gloucester teams, being in the centre of the city with very good public transport links. It is also near to other health and social care partner premises, such as Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, and is close to our own Wotton Lawn Hospital.
“We’re investing in new premises, recognising that we need to continue meeting the changing needs of our local communities and provide the best possible accommodation from which to deliver our high quality services.”