Netcare Akeso KAYA mental health facility moves to brand new premises in Kenilworth
Focus is on a safe and comfortable environment where young people can recover
August 2021, The Netcare Akeso Kenilworth Adolescent/Young Adults (KAYA) unit recently moved from Claremont to new premises, just a stone’s throw from the main Netcare Akeso Kenilworth mental health facility.
“The multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals will continue to provide specialist inpatient treatment for a range of psychiatric illnesses including anxiety and depression, substance abuse and adolescent disorders to individuals under the age of 18 years at the new 18-bed facility at 38 Greenfield Road, Kenilworth,” says general manager Zainap Jeffery.
After years of planning and a substantial refurbishment of Kenilworth House, the group has decided to consolidate their operations in close proximity to the main campus, with the view to benefiting from various economies of scale. From a building layout perspective, the new premises lends itself to superior patient experience.
According to Jeffery, their aim is to provide a safe and comfortable environment where young patients can recover and regain their sense of security and self under the expert care of the multi-disciplinary team of medical, therapy and nursing professionals, which could comprise a psychiatrist, medical doctor, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and experienced registered nurses.
The team works with each young person to help stabilise their condition and develop a suitable treatment plan. The plan also focuses on equipping them to cope once they are discharged and continue their treatment on an outpatient basis, where needed. Treatment is individualised, integrated and family-oriented and aims to develop understanding of each person’s specific disorder as a foundation for better long-term outcomes.
“The pandemic has not spared the mental health of adolescents, and Netcare Akeso KAYA has been operating throughout lockdown to ensure that these essential services are available to young people who need professional assistance for mental health difficulties,” Jeffery says.
“We look forward to continue providing professional and caring assistance to many more young people and their families from our new premises in the years ahead,” Jeffery concludes.