A room with a view... and a lot more besides!
Patients have now moved into Orchard View, the state-of-the-art £7.3 million Inverclyde Adult and Older Peoples Continuing Care Hospital.
Located in a prominent location on the Inverclyde Royal Hospital grounds, the facility provides 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:
- 24 continuing care beds for patients with dementia
- Six continuing care beds for patients with dementia and co-morbidity conditions
- 12 adult continuing care beds
- A café
- Hair salon
- Treatment rooms
- Multi-purpose social spaces for male and female patients
- Landscaped gardens and vegetable patches
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 significant input to ensure a dementia friendly environment.
Deborah Gillespie, Head of Mental Health Services in Inverclyde, said: “This is all part of modernising mental health services in Inverclyde. Everything is designed to be friendly for people who have difficulties arising from dementia and it’s linked to the Dementia Friendly Inverclyde Initiative.”
Gillian Robb, In-Patient Services Manager and Project Lead, said: “Orchard View has features that Ravenscraig never had such as the café. Patients and their visitors can use facilities such as that rather than just staying in wards to enjoy more fulfilling visits.”
David Loudon, Director of Property, Procurement & Facilities Management, said: “Orchard View provides patients and staff with a first class, purpose-built environment healthcare facility.
“This facility is the embodiment of how community engagement can help shape the future of our health service. It is 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.”