The new purpose built Skye House, the largest of its kind in the country, was officially opened today, 27th August 2009 by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing Nicola Sturgeon.
Skye House provides a range of dedicated services for young people aged 12-to-18 years, from across the West of Scotland, who have serious mental health problems and replaces the existing West of Scotland Adolescent Inpatient Unit at Gartnavel
At a special ceremony at the new £7.6million facility on the Stobhill Hospital site in Glasgow, the Cabinet Secretary met with staff and patients before unveiling a commemorative plaque and officially declaring Skye House open.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “Caring for people of all ages with mental health problems is a national priority for the Scottish Government, and Skye House is an excellent example of the kind of modern, fit for purpose care being delivered for children and young people in Scotland.
“Skye House offers young people with serious mental health problems state of the art care in a homely environment, with classrooms, a gym and family accommodation that allow them to socialise and keep up with their schooling. These are particularly important since young people will often stay here for many months – and they make Skye House more than just a hospital.”
Skye House provides inpatient treatment for young people with conditions like severe depression, eating disorders, psychosis and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
In addition to all the bedrooms at Skye House being en-suite, it also has a purpose-built gym, fully equipped classrooms, landscaped gardens and overnight accommodation for visiting families.
Sky House has been specially designed and purpose-built to meet young people’s needs and will lead to substantial improvements in their care and treatment. The planning of the new unit also benefited from the fact that the young people themselves contributed significantly to the planning process.
Andrew Robertson, Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, speaking at the event said: “This is an excellent facility and is part of a wider plan, which we are now implementing, to improve and modernise mental health community services and acute facilities across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Much of the success of Skye House is due to the commitment, dedication and expertise of the staff and their close partnership working with the Community Mental Health Teams from the other West of Scotland Boards.
“I would also like to thank the young people themselves as they played such a key role in the design and planning of this purpose built facility.”
Julie Metcalfe, Service Director for Child and Adolescent Inpatient Units said: “This new facility will lead to substantial improvements in the care and treatment of young people who are admitted. Due to the long lengths of stay, an environment conducive to recovery and stability is crucial. Skye House offers a unique and unrivalled ability to offer young people what they have never had before – a modern service that gives access to up to date evidence based therapies, education and recreation in a warm and inviting homely environment.
“While young people are in Skye House, they will go to school, therapy groups, family sessions and individual sessions. Young people will also have time to do things that they want to do.”
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Press Office on 0141 201 4429.
Ends Images of the official opening are available for download at www.nhsggc.org.uk/photodesk.