New Older Persons’ Mental Health Unit Opens September 2012

The brand new facilities at the University Hospital Llandough (UHL) are nearing completion and the transfer will be going ahead in September.

The new unit provides purpose built accommodation for a number of services.  These include five inpatient wards for Mental Health Services for Older People, with separate wards for male and female patients with dementia, and also for those experiencing other mental health problems such as depression, anxiety etc.   There will also be an Assessment and Recovery Unit for older people with mental health problems.

The unit feels  light and spacious. It is  tastefully decorated and furnished throughout.  A great deal of thought and attention has gone in to making the environment as dementia friendly and appropriate as possible.

The wards have both single and twinned bedrooms, some with en-suite bathrooms.  This means that patients should be able to have accommodation that best suits their needs and wishes.  There is also a Sun Room which recreates the effects of a warm, seaside climate.  This can provide a quiet, therapeutic space for patients.  There is a Cinema Room and a purpose built kitchen in the Assessment and Recovery Unit to assess the daily living skills of clients.

There are enclosed garden areas allowing patients the chance to get fresh air in a pleasant environment.   The patients currently on the assessment wards at Whitchurch along with the Hafan Day Hospital clients will transfer to the new unit in the middle of September.