New mental health unit opens

Pictured at the unveiling ceremony are (from left) Mandy Warden, Sandy Watson, Gary Cavanagh, Eleanor Trebilcock, Alison McGurk and Pat Brodlie.
Pictured at the unveiling ceremony are (from left) Mandy Warden, Sandy Watson, Gary Cavanagh, Eleanor Trebilcock, Alison McGurk and Pat Brodlie.

THE NEW £20 million replacement for Sunnyside Hospital has been opened officially at Stracathro Hospital.

NHS Tayside chairman Sandy Watson welcomed guests to the Susan Carnegie Centre last Wednesday before clinical team managers Mandy Warden and Alison McGurk discussed the transfer of services from Sunnyside, which closed in November after 230 years of patient care, to the new build at Stracathro.

Eleanor Trebilcock and Gary Cavanagh of Augment and Pat Brodlie of Alzheimers Scotland also talked about their involvement with the centre’s development before unveiling the official plaque.

The centre provides accommodation for up to 52 in-patients, including 25 general adult psychiatry beds and 27 psychiatry of old age beds, as well as day services for older people. It also houses medical staff, occupational therapy, social therapy, older people’s psychology and the dementia liaison team and includes a gym and a spirituality room.

Mr Watson said: “The development of these fantastic new facilities, whose design has had so much input from so many people with a real involvement in the centre, underlines NHS Tayside’s commitment to the care of patients with mental health problems.”

The new centre is part of a £95 million project to provide modern facilities for adult and older in-patients, out-patients and day patients from across Tayside.