The implementation of the Vision for the Vale has taken another step forward with the opening of a new ward for patients over the age of 65 with functional mental disorders such as depression and psychosis.
The new six bed Katrine ward complements the existing Fruin ward which caters for patients with dementia and is a key part of NHSGGC’s commitment to a healthy and vital future for the Vale of Leven Hospital.
Staff across the two wards will work together in developing and extending the services they provide to older adults with mental health illnesses in the area.
More than £200,000 has been spent on creating the Katrine Ward and a further £60,000 has also been invested in refurbishing the existing Fruin Ward – taking NHSGGC’s total investment to more than £260,000.
John Russell, Head of Mental Health, Learning Disability and Addiction Services, said: “Until the opening of the new Katrine Ward patients over 65 with function mental health disorders were treated within the Christie ward together with younger patients.
“Despite excellent care, a number of reports by the Mental Welfare Commission highlighted their concerns about the inappropriate mix of patients within the Christie ward. Now however older people with mental health problems are now able to access a comprehensive range of services in designated accommodation specifically designed to meet their needs.”
The opening of the Katrine Ward also ensures a seamless service with community based mental health teams. In 2009 NHSGGC opened the Cairmhor Resource Centre at Dumbarton Joint Hospital dedicated to the care, support and treatment of elderly mental health patients.
The Katrine Ward will now receive patients following appropriate assessment by the Community Team in Cairnmhor Resource Centre. The same team will also work closely with the inpatient team to ensure support is in place following discharge from Katrine Ward.
Keith Redpath, Director of the West Dunbartonshire CHP; said: “Major improvements in mental health services have already been made both in inpatient and community settings and this marks another major milestone.
“NHSGGC has consistently reiterated its commitment to providing a long term and sustainable future for the vale and the opening of this new ward is another significant piece of the jigsaw.”
Bill Brackenridge, Chair of the Vale of Leven Monitoring Group, said: “Improving services for mental health patients is a key part of the overall Vision for the Vale. The opening of the Katrine Ward is a significant boost for patients and sees another part of the Vision jigsaw fall into place.
“As chairman of the Vale Monitoring Group, I welcome this move and look forward to more developments as the Vision becomes reality.”
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