Countess of Wessex Opens New Mental Health Facilities

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex performed the official opening of two new facilities for people affected by mental health issues in Gloucestershire.

The Pied Piper Room for Children and Families and The Alexandra Wellbeing House are both in Gloucester, but serve the whole county. Her Royal Highness visited Gloucestershire today (July 5) to see at first-hand the support the premises provide.

The Pied Piper Room – partly funded by Gloucester-based charity the Pied Piper Appeal – is within Wotton Lawn Hospital, in Horton Road. The room is specifically designed as a welcoming space for children to spend time with their loved ones who are receiving treatment at the hospital.

The room enables families to spend time together – playing games, reading, eating together and generally enjoying family life – so will be supporting both the health and wellbeing of the young people visiting the hospital, as well as their family members. It was designed in conjunction with Gloucestershire

Young carers and young people who have relatives with mental health conditions, or who have mental health conditions themselves.

The Alexandra Wellbeing House, in Alexandra Road, is run by Swindon Mind, in conjunction with 2gether and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group.

The house provides five bedrooms, where guests can spend up to two weeks in a therapeutic environment. This may enable them to recover from a mental health crisis and prevent admission to hospital, or to act as a path back into the community following a hospital stay.

Ruth FitzJohn DL, Chair of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re delighted to have welcomed Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex to Gloucester to perform the official openings of the new family room and the wellbeing house.

“Both facilities have been developed to support people affected by mental health conditions in our county, in partnership with local charities. We were very proud to be able to show Her Royal Highness the work being carried out here in Gloucestershire, and introduce her to some of our staff, partners, service users and carers.”