13 January 2011
New recovery centre opens for patients
A new 'recovery resource' centre is being officially opened tomorrow [Friday, January 14] at 11.00 am at Royal Cornhill Hospital in Aberdeen.
The centre is the result of four years planning between professionals in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, dietetics, art psychotherapy, speech and language therapy and podiatry, and senior nursing staff.
Around 3,000 patients a year will benefit. They will get improved access to dedicated activities and treatment to meet their individual needs and help them self manage their road towards recovery.
Staff will showcase examples of their work for carers, patients and colleagues from other health sectors and agencies.
- Qi Gong which offers a variety of exercises to balance and increase the flow of energy to relax the mind and increase physical fitness
- Snoezelen - a treatment modality which stimulates the primary senses through the use of light, meditative music and the use of relaxing essential oils.
- Circuit training
- Body awareness - a treatment intervention to improve balance, improve breathing and relax tensions.
- Art psychotherapy
The centre was opened by Richard Carey, Chief Executive of NHS Grampian. He said: "This is a wonderful new facility which patients can access in a coordinated way. It is an excellent example of professions coming together to provide a patient centred service."
The Scottish Government's 'Realising Potential' strategy, a three year action plan for allied health professions in mental health, was also launched in Grampian.