The Trust marked the start of work on its exciting new £21million mental health services hub for children, young people and families at a special ‘Sod Cutting’ ceremony on Wednesday 7 September.
Dean Fathers, Trust Chair, and Ruth Hawkins, Trust Chief Executive, officially ‘cut the sod’ at the event, and were joined by people from the Trust and local community interested in the developments, to celebrate the start of the construction work and to find out more.
The new facilities will be located on an existing Trust site on Mansfield Road in Nottingham. The development will include a brand new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Adolescent Unit, which will replace the current Thorneywood Adolescent Unit on Porchester Road in Nottingham, and will result in a significant increase in beds from the current 12 to 24, with an additional 8 bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit. The existing building on the site will be refurbished to create a base for CAMHS outpatient services and a new Education Facility for young people using the Adolescent Unit who are away from their own schools.
In addition, the Trust’s Perinatal Mother and Baby Unit at the Queen’s Medical Centre will move to a new building on the site and its number of beds will increase from 6 to 8. The service provides vital support for mums who have serious mental health problems shortly before or after having a baby.
Ruth Hawkins, Trust Chief Executive, said: “We are absolutely delighted to mark the start of work on this exciting and important development. This is a huge investment in services locally for children, young people and families, the significant increase in beds will enable more people to receive their care closer to home and these fantastic new and refurbished buildings will ensure they receive this care in the best facilities to meet their needs.
“Young people, perinatal mums, families and staff have been engaged throughout and their involvement and enthusiasm has been invaluable. We are all very proud of this development and know that it will make a huge difference to the lives of people who use these services.”
The development is being project managed by the Trust’s Capital Planning Unit and is being undertaken in partnership with Kier Construction and Gilling Dod Architects. It is due for completion in Spring 2018.