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December 09, 2013 4:20 PM

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Plans have been unveiled today for a new state-of-the art £6.5million NHS centre for specialist dementia and mental health support on the IRH site.

The proposed boost for community based mental health services in Inverclyde will see the creation of a new 42 continuing care bed facility offering 30 beds for older people and 12 for younger adults.

The designs developed by Inverclyde Community Health and Care Partnership also see internal courtyards with ‘safe to wander’ paths guiding patients to inside and outside spaces with points of interest and rest spots.

Each patient will have a spacious single bedroom with specially designed ensuite facilities and access to homely style day areas and larger communal areas.

The plans for the continuing care facilities on the Inverclyde Royal Hospital site are due to go before Inverclyde Council’s Planning Board later this month.

The project is the latest investment in Inverclyde health services by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and comes only four weeks after the unveiling of a £1million refurbishment of the IRH A&E and main entrance.

Inverclyde Community Health and Care Partnership Chair, Councillor Joe McIlwee said: “These will be purpose built state-of-the-art facilities for older people with complex dementia and other mental health problems. It will have a full range of special design features to help people with dementia retain their independence, dignity and sense of purpose and above all to be safe.

“This is an exciting development that will make a real difference to Inverclyde. We are working closely with patients, their families, neighbours and the wider community to keep them up to date with the development of the project and they have been involved throughout the design process. This investment recognises our commitment to providing the best possible service to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities with the associated benefits for their families as well. The new unit will also provide job opportunities for local people in the construction of the building, the maintenance of the gardens and public spaces and providing a community café.”

Continuing care is currently provided at the Dunrod Unit in Ravenscraig Hospital which are nearing the end of their useful purpose and, if planning permission is grant for this development to go ahead, the services will eventually be transferred out of this unit into the proposed new facility.


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