STRUCTURE: A new community hospital for people with dementia and mental health conditions has been officially opened by the Gloucestershire FT.

Charlton Lane Hospital, a £6.8m investment, opened to patients in October and provides a specialist assessment and treatment centre for people in Gloucestershire communities.

It incorporates the latest assistive technology, including pressure mats in every bed that trigger ceiling lights when a patient gets out of bed during the night. 

2gether NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Shaun Clee said: “Charlton Lane hospital is part of an overall service including community teams, primary care and social care. 

“This coordinated approach has already enabled more people stay at home in familiar surroundings with the care they need.  We have one of the lowest readmission rates in England”. 

Charlton Lane is also the new base for the trust’s Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds mental health community teams.

Patients, local groups, commissioners and the Health Community and Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee were involved in the planning of the hospital.