Mental health centre aims to help recovery

NILABE111011b1, New mental health care centre, Chilwell house, wilmot street Ilkeston,  Lyn Clifford manager and dr Ivan Bakaltchev
NILABE111011b1, New mental health care centre, Chilwell house, wilmot street Ilkeston, Lyn Clifford manager and dr Ivan Bakaltchev

ELEVEN new jobs have been created by a mental health rehabilitation centre that has opened in Ilkeston.

Chilwell House, on Wilmot Street, will provide care for seven in-patients recovering from mental health illnesses.

Doctors at the new facility – the first of its kind in Erewash – hope that it will help patients feel more involved with the community and say that similar treatment programmes have seen a reduction in hospital re-admissions.

Consultant psychiatrist, Dr Ivan Bakaltchev, said: “Chilwell House is about rehabilitation and helping people make their recovery in the community independently or with minimal support.

“When someone breaks their leg they need different treatments at different stages of their recovery, they will have the break fixed first but then they need to start using the leg again which is their rehabilitation.

“Patients at Chilwell House will no longer have the acute symptoms of a mental illness but will be at the rehabilitation stage.”

Despite objections and negative reaction when Dr Bakaltchev first applied for planning permission he told the Advertiser that neighbours now support the project.

“To begin with there was a lot of objections but during the two-year restoration of this old Victorian building people have started to understand more about how Chilwell House will help people and there were lots of the neighbours at the grand opening.”

Plans are already in place to double the number of people the centre can care for next year.