Carlisle dementia care clinic opens

Artist's impression of the new unit
Image caption The unit features enclosed courtyards

A £2.6m assessment unit to care for people with dementia has officially opened in Cumbria.

The unit provides 15 en-suite bedrooms at the Carleton Clinic, Carlisle.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said the Ruskin Unit was also aimed at reducing the stigma associated with mental health.

Carlisle MP John Stevenson performed the opening with Claire Molloy, the new chief executive of the trust and its chair Mike Taylor.

The new unit includes outdoor spaces, activity areas, as well as colours and themes to distinguish rooms.

Among the features will be memory boxes in which patients can put sentimental items with the aim of helping them to get used to the unit.

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