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Stratheden construction underway

£4.4m revamp of hospital reaches next stage.

A milestone in the construction of the new £4.4 million Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit (IPCU) at Stratheden Hospital in Cupar was reached yesterday (Monday, July 6) when First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined NHS Fife chief executive Paul Hawkins in a sod-cutting ceremony

The First Minister said:

“This unit is the latest in a series of improvements to modernise the hospital which cares for people from across Fife.

“The Scottish Government is investing over £2 billion in Scotland’s health infrastructure over the spending review period, with this development being one of many that demonstrate the Scottish Government’s commitment to continually improving health services.”

Construction of the new IPCU facility, which will consist of an eight-bed unit, is the latest phase of works to modernise large areas of the Stratheden Hospital, which cares for patients with mental illness from across Fife.

The new building will include a communal lounge and rooms for rehabilitative and therapeutic activities. Patients will each have their own single en-suite bedrooms, offering more privacy, whilst there will also be access to an outdoor courtyard and private meeting rooms for visits from families or visitors.

Ms Sturgeon said:

“Mental health services are an absolute priority of this Government and we have been investing heavily for a number of years in mental health provision.

“We have also recently announced our £100 million Mental Health Innovation fund, which is targeting additional investment over the next five years. This new funding will make a real difference to some of the most vulnerable people in our society."

Paul Hawkins, NHS Fife chief executive, said yesterday:

“We are pleased that the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is able to join us today to mark this significant stage of the project to replace the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit at Stratheden Hospital.

“Improving mental health facilities is one of NHS Fife’s key priorities and a great deal of work has been undertaken over recent years to modernise much of the Stratheden Hospital site, with the construction of new facilities like Elmview and Muirview and the significant refurbishment necessary to create the Radernie Low-Secure Unit.

“We are determined that our patients receive the highest quality care in modern, safe, secure and therapeutic environments and construction of the new unit is crucial to achieving that aim.”

Michael Graham, Group executive chairman of GRAHAM Construction, said yesterday:

“We have shown with the completion of a number of recent NHS projects that GRAHAM Construction has a proven track record of delivering only the very best healthcare facilities throughout the country.

“GRAHAM Construction is looking forward to working closely with NHS Fife in the months ahead to deliver the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit at Stratheden Hospital.

“As well as increasing capacity, the new energy-efficient unit will provide first-class care facilities to help support the region’s most vulnerable people for decades to come.

“We were especially honoured to welcome the First Minister on to the site today to take part in the ceremonial breaking of ground on this important project.”

Notes To Editors

The modernisation of Stratheden began with the opening of Elmview in 2009 and Muirview in 2010, with most recent development being the major redesign of an existing facility to create the Radernie Low Secure Unit, which opened in May 2013.

The new IPCU will have eight beds replacing the old unit which has six beds.


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