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A mental health centre in Ilkeston has doubled its capacity following a refurbishment.

Chilwell House, a progressive mental health care and rehabilitation centre in Wilmot Street, opened its doors to visitors to showcase its newly-extended facilities and to thank staff, patients and their families, for their support while building works were carried out.

Chilwell House is the brainchild of former NHS Consultant Psychiatrist Dr.Ivan Bakaltchev, whose frustrations with the limited resources within the health service led him to establish Aspire Mental Healthcare and open the specialist facility just over two years ago.

He said: “Continued budget cuts to resources for mental health care have been very much in the news recently. Young people in particular are failing to receive the support and care they need at a time when mental health problems are on the rise,

“Chilwell House has proved a great success in helping people to recover from illness, rebuild their lives and return to the community. Since we first opened the facility, we have added a ‘step down’ unit which offers residents of Chilwell House the opportunity to live more independently, although still in a supportive environment, to prepare them for discharge.

“Now we have doubled our capacity at Chilwell House and will be introducing further services to provide a comprehensive pathway of care back to health.”

The Mayor of Erewash, Kewal Athwal, attended the celebrations along with residents, their families and invited health professionals.

The success of the project, together with rising demand for the service have been the driving forces behind ambitious plans to open further supported living schemes in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Birmingham.