£57 million unit opens at Llandough Hospital
5:09pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
A STATE-of-the-art £57 million Mental Health unit has officially opened at University Hospital Llandough.
The 82-bed development, which includes a mental health service unit for older people, was launched as part of the hospital's week-long series of events to mark World Mental Health Day.
Funded by the Welsh Government and delivered by the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, the unit has been praised for its purpose-built environments, aimed at providing the highest level of care for some of the most vulnerable people in society.
"But of course, the fabric of the building is only a part of the story," said clinical director for Mental Health Services for Older People Simon O'Donovan. "The dedicated staff across all disciplines and grades have worked hard to ensure successful service transformation".
"When walking around the unit and observing the therapeutic interactions and activities one appreciates that the highest level of person-centred respectful care is indeed embedded in the culture of our service.”
Mr O'Donovan was joined at the launch by University Health Board vice-chairman Marcus Longley and Older People’s Commissioner for Wales Sarah Rochira.
The week-long mental health awareness campaign at the hospital also featured patients sharing their stories on hospital radio station Rookwood Sound.
Simone Joslyn, from the Mental Health Clinical Board, said: “This week’s events have gone really well and it is so important that we raise awareness of mental health issues.
“One in four of us will experience some form of mental health issue in our lives and it is important that we remove the stigma around talking about these things.
“I would like to thank everyone involved for their help and support in making this a success which I’m sure has helped to make many people think seriously about mental health issues.”
Speaking about about his enthusiasm for the unit's future, Simon O'Donovan declared his admiration for the team involved in developing and running the unit and explained his thoughts on care for older people with mental health issues.
He said: "Treat people with kindness, compassion and respect. Make every effort to engage with people in a meaningful and supportive way. Support clients and families as you would wish to be supported. Take time to reflect and focus on the positives. Make every moment count.
"Dignified care will inevitably result.”
For more information on mental health issues visit www.time-to-change.org.uk