Sunday, 10 May 2015

NHS Fife website page on Stratheden Hospital: 'Replacement of the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit'

Link to NHS Fife website page on Stratheden Hospital: 'Replacement of the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit'




"NHS Fife has been granted formal approval to begin construction on a £4.4m project to replace the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit at Stratheden Hospital.

Stratheden Hospital cares for patients with mental illness from across Fife in nine inpatient wards. The existing IPCU is housed within one of the older buildings on the western side of the hospital site.

The project to replace the IPCU will see construction of a new state-of-the-art eight-bed unit on the north-eastern part of the hospital grounds, adjacent to the Radernie Low-Secure Unit.

Construction of the new unit is due to commence in May 2015 for completion in Spring 2016.

The project is one element of the ongoing work to modernise areas of Stratheden Hospital and comes on the back of a number of previous recent works; the construction of Elmview in 2009, Muirview in 2010, and the major refurbishment of Radernie Ward to create the Radernie Low-Secure Unit in 2013.

The new facility will include a communal lounge and rooms for rehabilitative and therapeutic activities. Patients will each have their own single en-suite bedrooms, offering more privacy, whilst there will also be access to an outdoor courtyard and private meeting rooms for visits from families or visitors.

NHS Fife Interim Chief Executive, Dr Brian Montgomery said: “I am very pleased that formal approval has been granted to replace the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit at Stratheden Hospital.

“Replacing the existing unit is a key part of our strategy to improve mental health services in Fife and we, as an organisation, recognise the importance of providing modern, therapeutic environments to support the delivery of high quality patient care.

“The new state-of-the-art unit will ensure that the most vulnerable patients can be cared for in a safer, more secure and supportive environment, designed specifically to meet their needs.”


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