Whitchurch Hospital replacement mental health unit plans unveiled

Plans have been drawn up for a 125-bed replacement mental health unit for Whitchurch Hospital.

Health officials have released details of the outline business case for the unit which, it is estimated, will cost £99m and be built at Llandough Hospital. It is hoped the new unit, which will bring all adult inpatient mental health services under one roof, will be open by 2014.

The new unit will include a 15-bed assessment unit; three 17-bed treatment wards; a 10-bed psychiatric intensive care unit; a 12-bed addictions unit and a 12-bed neuropsychiatry ward.

The unit will also include 25 low-secure beds for men spread over two wards, therapy services and “indoor-and-outdoor recreation facilities”. All inpatient beds will be provided in single rooms.

The outline business case has been submitted to the Assembly Government for approval.

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