Plym Bridge House, based at the Scientific and Medical Park in Derriford, was officially opened by a parent of a former patient on Wednesday, 22 June 2011.
The hospital unit has been jointly commissioned by Primary Care Trusts in Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth and Torbay and developed by staff and clinical teams from NHS Plymouth. Young people who are either current or former patients have been involved in the design throughout to ensure their needs are fully met.
Plym Bridge House will provide a homely environment designed to support the young people during their stay. It has excellent modern facilities so that the young people are able to take part in a wide range of therapies as well as educational and social opportunities. The hospital unit will provide inpatient facilities for up to 12 young people at any one time.
The location of the hospital unit has been important. Plym Bridge has good transport links making it accessible for the patients and their families. It also allows good access to medical support for the young people that may be needed.
Local people have been engaged throughout the design and development of the site. A group was set up to ensure there was effective communication.
Paul O'Sullivan, Director of Joint Commissioning at NHS Plymouth, said: "Providing an inpatient facility for children and young people is essential for Plymouth and the wider peninsula. The opening of Plym Bridge House will mean that young people experiencing mental health problems are able to receive care and treatment in a safe and modern environment that is appropriate to their age without having to travel a long way from home."
Clive Britten, Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist for NHS Plymouth, said: "I am delighted that we are moving into Plym Bridge House. It is the result of ten years of careful planning, which has involved many young people at different stages of the process. The result is a purpose built unit, which is light and airy, set in a meadow garden, with excellent facilities and incorporating many ecologically friendly features. It is heartening to know that there is recognition of the need for these facilities, and support for the unit, so that young people who require admission from across the Peninsula will be treated in a state of the art facility."
Plym Bridge House has been built as part of the Government's NHS LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) initiative which was established to improve healthcare facilities through partnerships between the private sector and the NHS. The company responsible for managing LIFT projects in Plymouth is ReSound (Health) Limited. ReSound was established as a public private partnership company in 2004. The building was constructed by Midas Construction.
For further information please contact ReSound (Health) Limited LIFTCo