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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:27am 27th March 2018. (Updated at 1:50pm 27th March 2018)

This new mental health ward that could stop Cornish patients having to travel hundreds of miles for treatment.

Cove Ward at Longreach in Redruth will begin looking after patients on Tuesday.

It has 12 new beds for adults and will offer fast-tracked care closer to home.

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Pirate FM caught up with Doctor Celice McDermott, who will be in charge of rehabilitation.

She said: "Some people who are accutely unwell at the moment and having to go to beds in places like London or far away; our intention is to eliminate that.

"It's a special sort of rehabilitation service - a fast-track rehabilitation service. There are very few of them in the country.

"We're all very excited to see how that's going to affect people's ability to return to their communities".

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Cove Ward aims to promote a patient-centred, fast-tracked discharge and support patients to return to, and remain well in the community.

It is part of a number of initiatives instigated by the Trust to address the current pressures faced by acute inpatient mental health services, whilst preventing future out of county adult acute inpatient mental health services and provide a better service for patients.

Manager Joby Plant said: "My team and I are excited to be opening the door to patients this week. We will be focussing on providing intensive patient-centred care to support the transition from the ward back to home.

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"We aim to do this by providing short term rehabilitation and assistance with practical issues that might otherwise delay discharge.

"This is an exciting service development and one we hope will contribute strongly to keeping people close to their families, friends and support networks".

Chair of the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Barbara Vann, cut the ribbon at a ceremony on Monday.

She said: "I am delighted that we are opening this wonderful addition to our service. Cove Ward will enable people in Cornwall to be treated and looked after nearer to their homes and families. We know this will aid their recovery".

You can see more photos from inside the ward by scrolling through the gallery below...

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