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The Cabinet Secretary Officially Opens the UK's Most Revolutionary New Mental Health Hospital

April 07, 2008 3:04 PM

The UK’s most revolutionary mental health hospital was officially opened today, 7th April 2008 by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon.
At a special ceremony at the new £19million Gartnavel Royal Hospital in Glasgow, the Cabinet Secretary met with staff and patients before unveiling a commemorative plaque and officially declaring the Hospital open.
Speaking at the event, at which more than 90 staff, patients and supporters were present, the Cabinet Secretary said: “Improving the mental health and well being of Scotland’s population is a priority for the Scottish Government. We are committed to an ambitious improvement programme around prevention, care and recovery to drive forward further change and improvement both nationally and locally.
“As an example of this commitment, I am delighted to officially open the new Gartnavel Royal Hospital, a brand new, state-of-the-art facility that will ensure people will have access to the highest quality mental health care, services and support for years to come. As the most innovative facility of its kind in the UK, this new facility will allow individuals to be cared for in a bright, modern setting which will help enormously to aid and sustain their recovery.”
The state-of-the-art new Gartnavel Royal Hospital has transformed inpatient care further contributing to making Glasgow a centre of excellence for the delivery of mental health care. The hospital has six wards, three adult, two elderly and one intensive psychiatric care unit. Innovative features include a family friendly room for service users with children as well as a community café and patient gym
Gartnavel Royal Hospital has a long and distinguished history. The hospital can trace its roots back to the former Glasgow “Lunatic Asylum” which opened in 1814 on a site now covered by Buchanan Bus Station.
The opening ceremony was hosted by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Chairman, Andrew Robertson. He said: “The development of the new Gartnavel Royal Hospital is part of a much wider plan to improve and modernise mental health facilities and services across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. I am delighted to see that the hospital has improved the environment for both patients and staff. Much of the success of the new Gartnavel Royal Hospital is due to the dedication, expertise and commitment of its staff.”
Anne Hawkins, Director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Mental Health Partnership, explained: “The new Gartnavel Royal Hospital is one of the most modern and innovative mental health hospitals in the UK. The building has created a bright modern enviroement which will aid the recovery of patients and provide and attractive working enviroment for staff. This purpose-built facility provides comfort, dignity and privacy for people who use our service as well as breaking down barriers and removing 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 staff also visited mental health hospitals in other parts of the UK. Through listening to patients and learning from the experience elsewhere a revolutionary new hospital fit for the 21st century and beyond has been created.”
Jenny Graydon, Chief Executive, Glasgow Association for Mental Health (GAMH) said: ”A modern mental health system needs a balance of community and hospital services. The right hospital environment can play an important part in helping people on their journey to recovery. We welcome the commitment shown by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to high quality inpatient services. The new Gartnavel Royal Hospital is the latest example of this.”
Robertson, the builders of the new hospital, executive chairman Bill Robertson said: "Robertson has a strong history of delivering healthcare facilities in partnership with the NHS, and this latest development provides modern and appropriate facilities. Throughout the design and construction phases we have worked in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to deliver a purpose-built facility.”
100% en-suite single rooms – all 117 beds are provided in individual rooms with en-suite shower and toilet facilities. Each ward has rooms that offer accessible accommodation. These rooms have been specially adapted to meet the needs of individuals with a physical disability
Imaginative use of light and landscaping– the hospital has been designed to be as light, airy and spacious as possible. Creative use of windows and landscaping help to connect the inside of the building with attractive external garden and courtyard areas
Hub and spoke model - all administrative, therapy and counselling services are located in a two-storey central ‘hub’, with single storey adult and elderly wards extending in ‘spokes’
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 as well as a community café
Mental health care design standards - the hospital meets design standards which have been researched and developed specifically for mental health care facilities. Every effort has been made to provide an atmosphere that promotes a feeling of comfort, privacy, security and self-esteem among patients.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Press Office on 0141 201 4429.
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