WORK on the new £7.3million Inverclyde continuing care hospital, Orchard View, took a big step forward today with the completion of the structural frame.
Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt, performed the topping out ceremony at the Unit which is the Inverclyde Royal Hospital grounds and is expected to open this summer.
The 42-bed facility will provide continuing care mental health accommodation for adult and older peoples with a particular focus on delivering a dementia-friendly environment.
Facilities will include:
-- Twenty-four continuing care beds for patients with dementia
-- Six continuing care beds for patients with both dementia and other conditions
-- Twelve adult continuing care beds
-- Social enterprise space including a cafe and hairdressers
-- Treatment rooms
-- Multi-purpose social spaces for male and female patients
Health staff say Orchard View is more than just a straight replacement of the existing provision as it 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 it meets the needs of people living and working there.
The Scottish Dementia Development Centre 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 the service user and carer reference group and further input on how the building will operate once it is complete.
Wider engagement with the local community has been carried out through an arts and environment strategy which aims to make sure the facility is part of the local community.
Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt said: “I’m really pleased to perform the topping out ceremony for this new facility, which I know will make a real difference to adults and older people in Inverclyde, especially those with dementia who require continuing care.
“Mental health and dementia are top priorities for this Government and we will soon publish both our new mental health strategy and our third National Dementia Strategy. I’m sure the new Orchard View facility will help deliver care in line with their aims.”
Robert Calderwood, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde(NHSGGC) chief executive, said: “I am delighted to see the progress made on construction of the new facility, Orchard View, by our development partner hub West Scotland and their main contractor Morgan Sindall.
“This contemporary healthcare facility will provide high quality accommodation for adults and older people within Inverclyde who require continuing mental health care.”
Iain Marley, chief executive officer of hub West Scotland, said: “We are privileged to deliver this very special and important development and very proud to continue our partnership with NHSGGC.
“My thanks go to the combined project team who have worked collaboratively to create a well-designed and high-quality facility”.