Building work on Orchard View, the £7.3 million Inverclyde Adult and Older Peoples Continuing Care Hospital, has now been completed.
The contemporary healthcare facility, located in a prominent location on the Inverclyde Royal Hospital grounds, has now been handed over to Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP).
The facility is set to provide adult and older peoples’ continuing care mental health accommodation, with a particular focus on delivering a dementia friendly environment.
There are 42 beds in total with 30 of these dedicated to continuing care for older people. Facilities include:
Orchard View is more than a straight replacement of the existing provision; it will enable fundamental change in the way older peoples care is delivered in Inverclyde.
The Scottish Dementia Development Centre based at Stirling University, an internationally recognised centre of knowledge and expertise on dementia, 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 operates.
David Loudon, director of Property, Procurement & Facilities Management, NHSGGC, said: “Orchard View will provide patients and staff with a first class, purpose-built environment healthcare facility and I’m delighted building work has now been concluded on schedule.
“Orchard View is a contemporary healthcare facility that will provide high quality accommodation for adults and older people within Inverclyde who require continuing mental health care.
“This facility is the embodiment of how community engagement can help shape the future of our health service."
Councillor Robert Moran, Inverclyde Health and Social Care Convener, said: "This is a significant stage in the development of Orchard View.
“I welcome the completion of the building work as another huge stride forward in continuing to support older people in our community and the important work of delivering a truly dementia friendly Inverclyde.
“Staff, service users and carers were all involved in the design of the building to ensure that Orchard View meets both the needs of people living and working there.
“Wider engagement with the local community was carried out through the arts and environment strategy, which has been designed to ensure the facility will is very much part of the local community.”
“The HSCP focus now moves onto commissioning activities to allow the moves from Ravenscraig towards the end of August.
Orchard View’s design and construction was undertaken by Hub West Scotland, a development partner for the NHS GG&C and other public sector organisations, formed to build community facilities through a collaborative partnership approach to development.
Iain Marley, Hub West Scotland CEO, said: “Orchard view is a project that we are very proud to have delivered for our partners NHSGGC.
“The partnership has delivered four high standard and award winning facilities with a further three in development. It is great to see the communities benefitting from the investments in their areas.”