Topping out Inverclyde’s new continuing care hospital

Work on the new £7.3 million Inverclyde Adult and Older Peoples Continuing Care Hospital, Orchard View, took a significant step forward with the completion of the structural frame.

The Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt, performed the Topping Out ceremony at the new Unit which is located in a prominent location on the Inverclyde Royal Hospital grounds is expected to open in summer 2017.

The contemporary healthcare facility will provide adult and older peoples’ continuing care mental health accommodation, with a particular focus on delivering a dementia friendly environment.

There will be 42 beds in total with 30 of these dedicated to continuing care for older people. Facilities will include:

  • 24 continuing care beds for patients with dementia
  • 6 continuing care beds for patients with dementia and co-morbidity conditions
  • 12 adult continuing care beds
  • Social enterprise space including a cafe and hair-dressers
  • Treatment rooms
  • Multi-purpose social spaces for male and female patients

More than just a straight replacement of the existing provision, Orchard View will enable fundamental change in the way older peoples care is delivered in Inverclyde.

Staff, service users and carers have all been involved in the design of the building to ensure that Orchard View meets both the needs of people living and working there in the future.

The Scottish Dementia Development Centre based at Stirling University, an internationally recognised centre of knowledge and expertise on dementia, has had a great deal of input to ensure a dementia friendly environment. Their involvement will continue through both the Service User & Carer Reference Group and input how the building will operate once it is complete.

Wider engagement with the local community has been carried out through the arts and environment strategy, which has been designed to ensure the facility is very much part of the local community.

Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt said: “I’m really pleased to perform the Topping Out ceremony for this new facility, which I know will make a real difference to adults and older people in Inverclyde, especially those with dementia who require continuing care.

“Mental health and dementia are top priorities for this Government and we will soon publish both our new mental health strategy and our third National Dementia Strategy.

“I’m sure the new Orchard View facility will help deliver care in line with their aims.”

Robert Calderwood, NHSGGC chief executive, said: “I am delighted to see the progress made on construction of the new facility, Orchard View, by our development partner hub West Scotland and their main contractor Morgan Sindall.

“This contemporary healthcare facility will provide high quality accommodation for adults and older people within Inverclyde who require continuing mental health care.”

Iain Marley, Chief Executive Officer of hub West Scotland, said: “We are privileged to deliver this very special and important development and very proud to continue our Partnership with NHSGGC.

“My thanks go to the combined project team who have worked collaboratively to create a well-designed and high quality facility”.