Initial planning granted for new Young People’s Unit

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THE SCOTTISH Government has given initial approval for a purpose-built unit in Dundee for young people with mental health problems.

The unit will be based at the site of the existing Young People’s Unit (YPU) at Dudhope Terrace.

It will include a 12-bed inpatient unit with an education facility and family accommodation for patients across the north of Scotland.

The North of Scotland Regional Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (NoS CAMHS) project is a partnership between Tayside, Grampian, Highland, Orkney and Shetland NHS Boards which has seen the establishment of a specialist network for young people with severe and complex mental health problems.

The project team is working towards developing the Full Business Case to allow construction to begin in late summer 2013, although initial preparatory works have already started. Work is expected to be complete and the new service fully operational by late 2014.

NHS Tayside Deputy Chief Executive Caroline Selkirk said: “We are extremely pleased that we are now one step closer to starting work on the new unit at Dudhope Terrace. There has been a huge amount of input into this project from the five Boards involved, as well as from young people and their families, to design a fit-for-purpose unit for young people from across the north of Scotland.”

Members of the project team have worked closely with the design team to establish the requirements for the new build YPU. Young people from the current unit have also worked hard to give their views on the design of the new build and will continue to be involved throughout its development.

Initial works have begun to prepare the site, including the felling of diseased and dying trees. The new development gives the opportunity for significant new tree planting proposals, designed to provide a range of new long-term specimens and to increase the mix of size, age and native species of trees in the woodland which will make it richer and more bio-diverse as a habitat.