Go-ahead for £11.8m mental health unit at Torbay Hospital
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A new mental health ward at Torbay Hospital to been given the go-ahead by Torbay Council planners.
The £11.8 million scheme will create a centre on two floors providing an adult ward with 16 bedrooms, treatment and therapy rooms and offices.
The upper ground floor would contain the main public entrance leading to a reception and waiting area, a family visiting room, therapy spaces, offices, and other rooms laid out around a central open courtyard.
The lower ground floor would contain the staff entrance leading to staff facilities.
The new unit will be built next to two existing mental health wards on the hospital site – Haytor and Beech. All of the wards are part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services.
The additional facilities will help tackle the shortage of adult mental health beds in the area, and will reduce the number of people who have to receive their care outside Devon.
Councillor Steve Darling, leader of Torbay Council, said: 'I am really pleased to see this important development is moving forward as it will provide much-needed, high-quality modern facilities.
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'We know those who need these services have struggled to be placed locally, and sometimes even placed out of our region.
'These extra beds are really needed and will make a massive difference to those who need the support of the mental health services in Torbay and South Devon.'
Chief executive of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Liz Davenport, said: 'We are delighted this much-needed development is going ahead.
'For health and care services to be truly integrated around individuals' needs, we must recognise mental health is an important aspect of overall wellbeing. And, whatever service we work within, we all have a role in supporting people's mental health needs as well as their physical health.
'We are so pleased Devon Partnership NHS Trust has been able to secure these resources, and that we have been able to work together to make it happen. It will bring high-quality, purpose-designed adult inpatient mental health services to the heart of our local area.'