Moderator visits Carnegie Centre

Pictured left to right are: Rev Michael Goss; Mrs Arnott; Rt Rev David Arnott, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; Sandy Watson, Chairman NHS Tayside; Rev Gillian Munro, Head of Spiritual Care NHS Tayside; Rev Rona Phillips.

Pictured left to right are: Rev Michael Goss; Mrs Arnott; Rt Rev David Arnott, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; Sandy Watson, Chairman NHS Tayside; Rev Gillian Munro, Head of Spiritual Care NHS Tayside; Rev Rona Phillips.

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Stracathro’s recently opened Susan Carnegie Centre received a visit from the Rt Reverend A David K Arnott, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland yesterday.

As part of his week-long visit to the Angus Presbytery the Moderator toured the £20 million purpose built mental health facility at Stracathro and met with frontline staff.

NHS Tayside Chairman Sandy Watson welcomed The Rt Reverend David Arnott and his wife Mrs Rosemary Arnott to the Centre before introducing Reverend Gillian Munro, Head of Spiritual Care at NHS Tayside, Reverend Rona Phillips, Angus Chaplain, Dr Christopher Pell, Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry, and Mrs Mandy Warden, Clinical Team Manager, Psychiatry of Old Age.

During the visit the group heard a presentation by Dr Pell which outlined the function and history of the unit, as well as highlighting the journey of the transfer of services from Sunnyside Royal Hospital in Montrose, to the state-of-the-art new build at Stracathro.

The Moderator and his wife accompanied Mr Watson, Rev Phillips and Mrs Warden then embarked on a tour of the Centre which provides accommodation for up to 52 inpatients, including 25 General Adult Psychiatry beds, 27 Psychiatry of Old Age beds, as well as day services for older people.

The Mulberry, Rowan and Willow ward units have one or two large internal courtyards where patients can spend time outdoors in a safe and secure environment.

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

NHS Tayside Chairman Sandy Watson, said, “I was delighted to welcome the Moderator, the Rt Rev David Arnott and Mrs Arnott to the Susan Carnegie Centre, where as well as showing him mental health facilities fit for the 21st century, we outlined to him NHS Tayside’s arrangements for spiritual care.”

The Rt Rev David Arnott said, “The provision of the Susan Carnegie Centre, designed for the needs of the patients, is extremely important and vital.

“ I am sure the Centre will be looked upon with great pride by the community and is a long-term investment for the people of the area. I would like to commend the care and attention of their staff in their work with the patients.”