Milestone for Tayside mental health facilities

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Work on Stracathro Hospital’s new mental health hospital is progressing well and it is expected to be handed over to NHS Tayside in late October this year.

After the handover patients are expected to transfer from Sunnyside a month later, following a comprehensive cleaning, equipping and inspection programme.

Stracathro is one of two new mental health hospital’s being developed in Tayside with Perth’s Murray Royal Hospital also getting new facilities.

NHS Tayside celebated a significant milestone in the development of these new facilities in Perth and Angus as developers Morgan Sindall held a “topping out” ceremony in the new Murray Rotal Hospital.

The ceremony, which was held to mark the end of the structural works on the site, gave NHS Tayside’s staff and stakeholders the opportunity to join with Morgan Sindall and their partner contractors to celebrate the milestone.

Representatives from Grampian, Highland, Orkney and Shetland NHS Boards were also invited to the ceremony, at which Morgan Sindall led guests on a tour of the new facilities to see how building work is progressing on the site.

Speaking at the ceremony, NHS Tayside Chairman Sandy Watson said: “It is wonderful to see these fantastic new facilities taking shape.

“This project, which has had so much input from so many people with a real involvement in the two hospitals, underlines NHS Tayside’s commitment to the care of patients with mental health problems.

“I am also delighted that, in partnership with Grampian, Highland, Orkney and Shetland NHS Boards, we will be, for the first time, providing beds for patients from the north of Scotland region who require care in a medium secure setting.”

Harry Thorburn, regional managing director for Morgan Sindall plc, said: “Reaching this milestone at the Murray Royal Hospital site has been particularly smooth due to the excellent communication between all involved and aptly reflects our expertise in the health sector.”

The new £95 million mental health hospitals at Perth and Stracathro will provide state-of-the-art facilities for adult and older inpatients, outpatients and day patients from across Tayside, together with a new medium secure unit which is jointly funded with Grampian, Highland, Orkney and Shetland NHS Boards.

The buildings at Murray Royal are expected to be completed by May 2012. Patients will transfer from existing wards in June and July of next year, with the first ward in the medium secure unit opening in August.

Work is progressing well at both sites with the whole of Stracathro and much of Murray Royal now wind and watertight.

All other wards and offices at Murray Royal are taking shape as steelwork, timber, roofs and windows are put in place. Plans for enhancing the main entrances at both hospitals and at the Secure Care Clinic, as part of the art strategy, are well developed.

Following the transfer of patients and staff at Murray Royal, most of the old wards will be demolished and the extensive grounds landscaped, with final completion scheduled for April 2013.

At Stracathro, the landscaping will be completed at the same time as the new buildings. In addition, at both sites every ward will have its own courtyard and these will all be landscaped before patients move in.