Glasgow City Council has approved plans for a new purpose-built inpatient facility for young people with mental health problems from across the West of Scotland.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's new 24-bed facility will be known as Skye House and will be built on the new Stobhill Hospital site. The £7-million development will replace and expand the existing temporary inpatient service for young people at Gartnavel Royal Hospital, which presently has accommodation for 16 young people.
The development will lead to substantial improvements to the care and treatment of young people with mental illness as it has been specially designed and purpose-built to meet the needs of young people. Treatment will be provided at Skye House for young people aged between 12 and 17 who are suffering from conditions like severe depression, eating disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders. The development will comprise three buildings in total: ward accommodation, treatment space and a third purpose-built space for the provision of education.
Mary Hattie, Manager for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Adolescent Mental Health Services, explained that young people had played an important part in influencing the final design: "The young people who use the present service at Gartnavel Royal Hospital have been closely involved at all stages of the planning process, and their contribution has been invaluable. They have let us know what type of environment they would like and we've taken on board everything they said; even the name, Skye House, was chosen in consultation with the young people who're being treated right now at the old facility at Gartnavel Royal Hospital.
"They also wanted to make sure the facility was as bright and cheerful as possible with lots of natural light and space as this would help make the place more welcoming and less stressful for the young people who may have to live there for many weeks.
"They weren't just interested in what the building looked like - they were also keen to make sure it was designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible."
Among the design contributions made to the new facility include making the surroundings less clinical and as much like home as possible; increased privacy for individual patients; en-suite bathrooms and improved facilities for recreation. Staff from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde also visited several other wards for young people around the UK to get feedback from colleagues on what did and did not work in relation to the design and layout.
Around 30 young people coping with a variety of different conditions are admitted each year to the existing young people's mental health ward at Gartnavel. They are aged between 12 and 17 and come from across the West of Scotland. Therapy is offered both to individuals and their families, and the new Skye House facility will offer an overnight room for families visiting from the outlying areas of the West of Scotland.
Now that planning permission has been granted, building work is due to start within the next few weeks and is expected to be completed by summer 2008. When building work is complete, Skye House will have three 8-bed accommodation units, therapeutic space, offices, staff facilities, a games hall and classroom space.
The brand-new, modern, purpose-built facility will form part of a range of new services at the redeveloped Stobhill Hospital site. For more information about the new Stobhill Hospital, please look online at http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/content/default.asp?page=home_newstobhillhospital.
Notes for Editors
* Artist's impressions of Skye House are available in jpg format from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.
* Mental health services for children and young people are planned on a regional basis by the West of Scotland NHS Boards (NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Dumfries and Galloway, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lanarkshire).
* Young people admitted to the inpatient adolescent mental health service are provided with support to maintain their education during their admission. Glasgow City Council's Education Department provide teaching input to cover the majority of the mainstream curriculum.