A new unit that provides hospital-based assessment and treatment services for people with learning disabilities was officially opened today by Andrew Robertson, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Claythorn House, in the grounds of Gartnavel Royal Hospital, was formerly used as an older people’s service but following a £1.3 million refurbishment, the unit will now provide care to those patients who have a mental health illness AND require additional support needs through a learning disability.
Andrew Robertson was given a tour of the impressive new unit and met unit staff and colleagues from partner organisations involved in the design and implementation of the refurbishment of the unit.
He said: “The way in which Learning Disability Services have been provided by the NHS has changed remarkably in the last ten to 15 years. During this time of great change NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has in partnership with many stakeholders, strived to provide services which enable people to maintain happy and healthy lives.
“Claythorn House represents a £1.3 million pound investment which in today’s challenging financial climate is impressive and this unit will offer patients the specialist support they sometimes need to be able to access in a hospital setting. The unit will offer a high quality service at the acute end of the wide range of care we provide.
Tom Kelly, Service Redesign Manager for Learning Disabilities Services, added: “Normally patients with learning disabilities who also have mental health issues would be cared for through community based inpatient services. However, there are some patients who at times may require care in a hospital setting for a short period of time and this new unit will provide a safe and therapeutic environment to meet their additional needs.
“The unit has been specifically designed to meet this patient groups needs and during the whole refurbishment project there was extensive input from both patients and carers.
“We are delighted at the high quality finish in the unit and hope carers and patients will appreciate the work that has gone into creating an environment with the patient’s best interests at the heart.”
Anyone interested in seeing what the new unit looks like can see a virtual walk through at the following address: http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/CONTENT/default.asp?page=s1879
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected] .
Pic - Andrew Robertson, Chair of NHSGGC and Anne Hawkins, Director of Glasgow City CHP unveil commerative plague to mark offocial opening.