Forest Hospital opens in Mansfield

Forest Hospital in Mansfield, a brand new facility developed by Barchester Healthcare in collaboration with Nottinghamshire Healthcare, the County’s mental health, learning disability and community health services provider, is now open.

The former site of The Forest onSouthwell RoadinMansfieldwill house a 50-bedded hospital for people aged under 65 with working-age dementia, alcohol-related brain injury and Huntington’s disease.  The hospital provides high quality intensive and rehabilitative care for people and their families affected by the illnesses, with a focus on personalisation and community living.

The hospital was opened by Mike Parsons, Founder and Chief Executive of Barchester Healthcare and Mike Cooke CBE, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare. The team atForestreflects the shared values of both Barchester Healthcare and the Trust, demonstrating that the NHS and the independent sector can work together to provide positive pathways for individuals with unique care support needs. 

The well-attended event celebrated the official opening of the hospital and guests took the opportunity to view the state-of-the-art facility. The three hospital suites were opened by people from the local community. Wilson Place(working age dementia) was opened by Mrs Nicola Voce, wife of a service user.Maltby Place(Huntingdon’s) was opened Mr Gene Reddington that has family affected by the condition and Horsfall Place (ARBI) was opened by Peter Green, associate of the hospital for 50 years.

Mike Parsons, Founder and Chief Executive of Barchester Healthcare said: “We have developed a service that draws on good practice from the public and independent sector. Our new services will reflect local needs and continue to promote Barchester’s reputation for delivering high quality services and person centred care in the best possible care environments.”

Professor Mike Cooke CBE, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Barchester Healthcare to provide access to high quality, responsive and individualised care. This excellent new facility will enable more people to be treated closer to home and will ensure that they receive that care in the most appropriate environment to meet their needs.”

Forest Hospital has been constructed by design and build specialist, Castleoak, who has designed the hospital around the needs of the patients.  The development provides excellent, modern, facilities with lots of day space, quiet areas and outside space for patients and families to enjoy.