Opening in 2023
New Douglas Bennett House (NDBH), a modern eight-ward inpatient facility will be home for adult inpatient wards currently at Lambeth Hospital, as well as eating disorders and neuropsychiatry units, and will offer a modern, much-improved place for staff to work and service users to recover.
It has been co-designed by patients, carers, clinicians and specialist architects working together to create a modern and much-improved environment for patients and staff.
Benefits of the proposed move include:
- Purpose-built, specially configured wards, designed for service users’ needs;
- Individual, ensuite bathrooms for bedrooms and more assisted bathrooms available;
- Direct, unsupervised access to large balconies, a roof garden or courtyards landscaped with trees, seating and raised beds for therapeutic gardening;
- Better sightlines within wards to help people feel safe
- Digital innovation to improve entry to, and exit from, bedrooms and other areas to ensure people using our services have more control over their personal space
- Specifically allocated private office and lounge spaces for staff; and
- A more therapeutic environment with access to a range of therapy and treatment rooms, quiet rooms, family rooms and multifaith spaces.
Renaming Douglas Bennett House
The Trust wanted to know what name would be the most meaningful to our staff and the communities we serve.
Following an extensive consultation with patients, carers, staff and members of the public a permanent name was agreed, New Douglas Bennett House. It recognised the heritage of the wards of Lambeth Hospital. To that end, the names of the Lambeth wards will not change.
The new building will replace a building that once stood on the site - Douglas Bennett House - named after Dr Douglas Bennett (1918-1997) a consultant psychiatrist at Maudsley Hospital, from 1962 until he retired he pioneered long-term care and rehabilitation services.