The dawn of a new era at Stracathro

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NHS Tayside’s new mental health facilities at Stracathro Hospital reached a milestone with the handover of keys from the building contractors.

NHS Tayside Chairman Sandy Watson accepted the keys for the £20 million Susan Carnegie Centre from contractors Taycare.

The new development is due to be operational later this month, with patients and staff transferring from Sunnyside following a comprehensive cleaning, equipping and inspection programme.

Construction began on the new mental health facilities last summer, which will cater for 52 inpatients, including 25 General Adult Psychiatry beds and 27 Psychiatry of Old Age beds, as well as day services for older people.

The Centre will house medical staff, occupational therapy, social therapy, older people’s psychology and the dementia liaison team, and will include a gym and a spirituality room.

Following consultation with staff, service users and carers, the wards have been named after Scottish trees: The Mulberry, Rowan and Willow Units.

Each ward will have one or two large internal courtyards to allow patients to spend time outdoors in a safe and secure environment.

NHS Tayside Chairman Sandy Watson said: “The development of these fantastic new facilities, whose design has had so much input from so many people with a real involvement in the Centre, underlines NHS Tayside’s commitment to the care of patients with mental health problems.

“I am delighted to be receiving the keys on behalf of NHS Tayside and this means we can get on and bring this wonderful building to life and, most importantly, start to make a real difference to our patients.”

Present at the handover ceremony, Steve Dakers, Project Manager for Robertson Capital Projects on behalf of Taycare, said: “I am pleased to be here today marking the official handover ceremony of this state-of-the-art mental health facility in Tayside.

“The new building provides the highest quality of community based health facilities and, along with the other members of the team involved in this project, I am proud to be handing over the completed building to NHS Tayside.

“Over the last year a lot of hard work has gone into building this facility, which is now ready for use by existing and new patients.”

The new development at Stracathro will replace the existing facilities at Sunnyside Royal Hospital in Montrose and, along with the development at Murray Royal Hospital in Perth, is part of a £95 million project to provide state-of-the-art facilities for adult and older inpatients, out-patients and day patients from across Tayside.

The project will also include a new medium secure care clinic at Murray Royal, which is a jointly funded venture with Grampian, Highland, Orkney and Shetland NHS Boards.