Exciting plans to develop a £6.5 million specialist dementia and mental health support unit at Inverclyde Royal Hospital have taken another step forward this week.
The Board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde approved the Outline Business Case (OBE) at its Quality and Performance committee meeting last week. The plans for the new centre will now go forward to The Scottish Government for approval to proceed to develop the Full Business Case (FBC).
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 adults.
The OBC sets out detailed information on the new development including designs for the unit with 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 en-suite facilities and access to homely style day areas and larger communal areas.
Inverclyde Community Health and Care Partnership Chair, Councillor Joe McIlwee said: “This is another welcome step in the process of having this centre completed.
“It is a significant investment in the Inverclyde area, not only in monetary terms, but also in providing long-term facilities for an aging population.
“We are absolutely committed to providing state-of-the-art facilities for older people with complex dementia and other mental health problems.
“The new centre 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.”
Continuing care is currently provided at the Dunrod Unit in Ravenscraig Hospital. With the new centre expected to be completed in late 2015 services will transfer out of this unit into the proposed new facility.
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