NHS Greater Glasgow today approved plans to develop a new state-of-the-art mental health hospital in the West end of Glasgow.
The development of the new £19m facility, which will replace the existing Gartnavel Royal Hospital, is part of a wider strategy to modernise and improve mental health facilities and services across the city.
The new purpose-built 117 bed hospital will have single rooms for patients with en-suite toilet facilities, improved clinical and therapeutic areas and better facilities for staff.
Designed on an innovative ‘hub and spoke' model, the new hospital will have single storey adult and elderly wards extending out on either side of a two-storey central hub which will house all administrative, therapy and counselling services. Courtyard spaces, landscaping, natural light and ventilation will be incorporated into the design to create an attractive environment for patients and staff.
The new mental health hospital forms part of a wider masterplan for the Gartnavel hospital site which includes the development of new cancer care centre for the west of Scotland (phase 2 of the Beatson oncology centre).
Rosslyn Crocket, NHS Greater Glasgow's Director of Nursing and Mental Health, said: "The development of this new hospital is the first major milestone in our plans to significantly improve inpatient care for patients with mental illness.
She added: "Over the next five years we will also develop plans to replace the existing mental health inpatient facilities at Parkhead and Leverndale with new purpose-built hopsitals on the Stobhill and Southern General sites."
The full business case for the new hospital will now be submitted to the Scottish Executive for consideration. If approved, construction work is expected to start in July 2005 and should be completed by June 2007.