The UK’s most revolutionary mental health hospital opened its doors to patients today for the first time. The state-of-the-art £19m new Gartnavel Royal Hospital will transform inpatient care and make Glasgow a centre of excellence for the delivery of mental health care.
Anne Hawkins, Director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Mental Health Partnership, explained: “This new hospital is the most modern and innovative building of its kind in the UK and is set to transform patient and public perceptions of mental health hospitals”
“We wanted to create something special which would radically improve the environment for our patients and staff. We also wanted to break down barriers and remove some of the stigma associated with mental health hospitals.
“Patients and their families have been involved in shaping the layout and design of the building right from the beginning and our staff also visited mental health hospitals in other parts of the UK. By listening to our patients and learning from the experience elsewhere we have managed to create a revolutionary new hospital fit for the 21st century and beyond.”
Key features include –
100% en-suite single rooms – all 117 beds are provided in individual rooms with en-suite shower and toilet facilities – while many new acute and mental health hospitals have a high percentage of single, en-suite rooms very few are able to offer this to all patients
Community Café – the new hospital has a community café in its reception area which will be open to patients, staff and the general public – this will help break down some of the barriers and remove some of the stigma associated with mental health care by giving people who would not normally visit a mental health hospital, the opportunity to mix with patients and staff.
Innovative design and layout – the hospital has been designed to be as light, airy and spacious as possible with innovative use of windows and landscaping to connect the inside and outside of the building through the use attractive gardens and courtyards areas
Hub and spoke model - with all administrative, therapy and counselling services located in a two-storey central ‘hub’, with single storey adult and elderly wards extending in ‘spokes’ from either side of the hub. The new hospital has six separate wards - three adult wards, two elderly wards and one intensive psychiatric care unit.
Modern clinical and therapeutic areas - including a patient gym, therapy kitchen, facilities for group and individual therapy, on-site advocacy service, multi faith facility (where service users can have quiet reflective time) and a family friendly room for service users with children.
Anne Hawkins, said: “Many people have outdated views about mental health hospitals and still think of them as large, gloomy institutions. This new hospital will challenge these misconceptions and prove that mental health hospitals can be bright, attractive and welcoming.
She added: “While we always strive to support individuals in their own homes, it is essential that when people do require to be treated in hospital they have a positive and beneficial experience. The development of the new Gartnavel Royal Hospital will allow us to provide the highest quality of care in the best possible environment. Every effort has been made to promote a feeling of comfort, privacy and self-esteem. This in turn will aid the recovery of patients and provide a good working environment for staff. “
Shona Neil, Chief Executive of the Scottish Association of Mental Health, said: “The knowledge that treatment is available in such an environment might encourage people to seek help earlier than they do currently given the poor environments many hospitals still have to offer. Hopefully staff will also feel the benefit of working in such a setting and this will have a beneficial impact on everyone. High quality hospital facilities like this are an important element of the range of services which people experiencing mental health problems may need and, alongside community based services, can play an important role in helping people recover".
The development of the new Gartnavel Royal Hospital is part of a wider strategy to modernise and improve mental health facilities and services across the city.
Patients will transfer into the new Gartnavel Royal Hospital over the next few days. Some of the newer wards in the existing Gartnavel Royal Hospital will then be upgraded so that they can continue to be used to deliver a range of health services.
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