Construction of new Torbay ward under way
Work has now commenced on the building of Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s (DPT) brand new mental health ward on the Torbay Hospital site.
The £11.8 million scheme, which is expected to take around 75 weeks to complete, will create a unit on two floors providing a ward with 16 en-suite 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 will include the staff entrance and staff facilities. The new unit is being built next to DPT’s two existing wards on the hospital site – Haytor and Beech.
Chief Executive Melanie Walker says: “This new ward will provide much-needed additional mental health beds for the county. As well as providing a safe, high quality environment for our staff and adults with mental health needs who require a stay in hospital, the new ward will mean that more people can be treated close to home. We know that this is a very important factor in people’s recovery and it means that family and friends do not have the added burden of having to travel long distances to visit their loved one at what can be a very challenging time. In the design of new services we always include people who have personal experience of mental health issues – they bring an invaluable perspective and their feedback helps to shape every aspect of the project. They are key members of our Clinical Reference Group for the new ward in Torbay and we are extremely grateful for their support.”
Doug Lloyd, Operations Director at Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, added: “We are delighted to start work on the new adult inpatient ward for Devon Partnership NHS Trust. This new building follows our work on site in 2016 to successfully install a linear accelerator within the radiotherapy building and we look forward to providing further first-class facilities. Working collaboratively with the DPT and the project team, we will utilise our skills and expertise in the healthcare sector to deliver this important new service.”