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Golden Spade Event - Nick is breaking down barriers


This week, we marked the start of the exciting work at the two new units on the Tatchbury Mount site.

With his hard hat and worker boots, Dr Nick Broughton, Chief Executive, marked the beginnings of the work by breaking the ground with a golden spade at the new purpose residential unit for people with learning disabilities and smashed down a wall with a golden sledge hammer at what will be a new low secure unit for children and adolescents with mental health issues.


Staff from the construction company Kier, as well as clinical and estates members of staff, all dressed up in their high vis and safety glasses, joined to watch the start of this exciting transformation project.

Woodhaven Hospital, which was previously a Low Secure Hospital for adults with a learning disability, is being redesigned to become an Adolescent Low Secure Hospital, providing up to 14 beds primarily for young people from the south of the country. Rufus Lodge has now been demolished and a new, purpose built residential unit for people with learning disabilities will be built there.

“What a fantastic day!” Paul Johnson, Head of Estate Planning and Strategy said, “We’ve done the golden spade on the Rufus Lodge site for the new residential unit for people with learning disabilities. We’ve knocked a hole in the wall for the new low secure CAMHS unit. This a real milestone for this Trust, now it’s onwards and upwards. What a fantastic opportunity for Southern Health.”

Nick Broughton, our Chief Executive, was excited to get the work started earlier this week. “I was given a golden shovel and had to dig the first hole at the new residential unit. This is really exciting!”

Both units are due to be completed in Autumn 2019. To find out more about the transformation, please click here.