MP Rosie Cooper made a fact-finding visit to see how a secure hospital is meeting the challenges of modern-day mental health services.
The MP for West Lancashire was shown a patients’ rehabilitation and activity area at Ashworth Hospital, Maghull – the building was recently modernised to house a library, shop and education area and renamed ‘The Atrium’.
The tour also included one of 16 wards where some of the hospital’s 227 patients are cared for. The MP, who has a long-standing interest in health issues, also visited the hospital’s medical centre where patients receive primary health treatment for a variety of physical conditions.
Ashworth is one of three hospitals nationally that provides care and treatment for people with severe and enduring mental illness and personality disorder in conditions of high security.
Rosie Cooper said: "It was a very interesting and informative visit to the hospital. I was able to see first hand the superb facilities and support services available for patients.
“I also had an opportunity to talk to staff and patients about their experiences and the quality of the service which helps patients explore creative ways for improving their health and wellbeing, allowing them to express themselves through art therapy and other meaningful activities."
Rosie, a former Liverpool city councillor, has been involved in health matters and the NHS for 30 years. She was a member and vice chair of Liverpool Health Authority and more recently chair of Liverpool Women’s Hospital.