Penarth £88m Mental Health Unit to be Built
An £88m Adult Acute Mental Health Unit is to be built in Penarth on the Llandough University Hospital Campus. It will replace services provided at Whitchurch Hospital and compliment the Llanfair Unit already at Llandough. It will also accommodate specialist services for clients requiring addiction therapy, neuropsychiatry, intensive care, supportive recovery services, and associated therapy and support services. The scheme – by Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board – will comprise a 135 bed-unit, support improved patient recovery, and result in fewer residents being cared for out of area.
It will have single bedrooms with ensuite facilities and flexible ward design, including access to single-sex sitting rooms and bedroom areas, garden areas and therapeutic space. In addition there will be multi use games area, a gym, kitchens, meeting rooms, fitness rooms and relaxation space. A plaza area has been earmarked for a newsagent and general shops, post office facilities and a cafe aimed at helping aid social integration and reduce stigma.
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has announced £88 million funding for the unit. He said: "This new unit will give patients who access mental health services a sense of dignity and safety and I am pleased the Welsh government funding has made it possible." The grant has been pledged by the Welsh Government to provide a “modern, sustainable and purpose built” acute mental health facility which will centralise all general adult mental health inpatient services for Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan at the Llandough site.