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The first sod has been cut at Orchard View, the Inverclyde Adult and Older Peoples Continuing Care Hospital, by the Minister for Public Health and Sport Aileen Campbell MSP.
The contemporary healthcare facility located in a prominent location on the Inverclyde Royal Hospital grounds is expected to open in summer 2017. It will provide adult and older peoples’ continuing care mental health accommodation, with a particular focus on delivering a dementia friendly environment.
There will be 42 beds in total with 30 of these dedicated to continuing care for older people. Facilities will include:
More than just a straight replacement of the existing provision, Orchard View will enable fundamental change in the way older peoples care is delivered in Inverclyde.
Staff, service users and carers have all been involved in the design of the building to ensure that Orchard View meets both the needs of people living and working there in the future.
The Scottish Dementia Development Centre based at Stirling University, an internationally recognised centre of knowledge and expertise on dementia, has had a great deal of input to ensure a dementia friendly environment. Their involvement will continue through both the Service User & Carer Reference Group and input how the building will operate once it is complete.
Wider engagement with the local community has been carried out through the arts and environment strategy, which has been designed to ensure the facility is very much part of the local community.
Minister for Public Health and Sport, Aileen Campbell said: "I'm delighted to be here today to cut the first sod on this exciting development. This new facility for Inverclyde is a great example of the Scottish Government's pledge to continually improve health services, and our commitment to mental health.
“Our £9 million investment will make a real difference to both the mental and physical wellbeing of elderly people with dementia and adults with other mental health issues. It's also a great example of how community engagement can help shape the future of our health service."
Robert Calderwood, NHSGGC chief executive, said: “This contemporary healthcare facility will provide high quality accommodation for adults and older people within Inverclyde who require continuing mental health care.
“This contemporary healthcare facility will provide high quality accommodation for adults and older people within Inverclyde who require continuing mental health care.
Inverclyde Council's Health and Social Care Convener, Councillor Joe Mcllwee said: "This is a significant stage in the development of Orchard View.
“As work starts in earnest to build this facility it will be welcomed as another huge stride forward in continuing to support older people in our community and the important work of delivering a truly dementia friendly Inverclyde."
Orchard View’s design and construction is being undertaken by Hub West Scotland, a development partner to the public sector, formed to build community facilities through a collaborative approach to procurement.
Johnny Dryburgh, Hub West Scotland Board Member, said: “Following the successful hand over of the Eastwood and Maryhill Health and Care Centres, hWS are delighted to see the first sod being cut on the Orchard View Continuing Care Facility, our third project with our partners NHS GG&C.
“The contemporary facility has been designed to respond to the latest thinking in dementia care and will provide high quality accommodation for the patients, staff and visitors.”
Hub West Scotland has appointed Morgan Sindall plc as main contractor and award winning architects Norr.