New mental health crisis unit opens
- 20 Dec
A new mental health ‘crisis unit' has been opened in Londonderry.
This new unit will provide acute mental health care for in-patients. It has 30 ensutie bedroom and six of these are psychiatric intensive care beds. It has been built close to the Gransha Hospital and replaces the services provided by the older facility, reports the BBC.
Whilst the new unit has been in operation since November 2012, the service was only officially launched by the health minister on Tuesday.
Edwin Poots, the health minister said: "This is a very positive day. The Western Trust are one of the first to open such a facility. Mental health care is an illness that has to be treated like any other illness. We want to treat as many people in the community as possible and where people do need that hospital care it is going to be done in an environment which is pleasing and will assist recovery."
The trust's chairman, Gerard Guckian, said: "This marvellous new facility is one of the most unique, modern and patient-centred facilities now available in Northern Ireland. It will provide mental health services for those individuals in crisis and act as a sanctuary conducive to recovery and improvement in mental health and well-being."
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