Melanie Walker, Chief Executive and Andy Willis, Chair, have undertaken the traditional turf cutting ceremony to mark the official commencement of work on our new adult inpatient ward on the Torbay Hospital site. They were joined by the Chair and Chief Executive of Torbay Hospital, Sir Richard Ibbotson and Liz Davenport, as well as Doug Lloyd from our construction partner, Kier.
The £11.8 million scheme, which is expected to take around 75 weeks to complete, will create a unit on two floors providing an adult ward with 16 bedrooms, treatment and therapy rooms and offices. The upper ground floor would contain the main public entrance leading to a reception and waiting area, a family visiting room, therapy spaces, offices and other rooms laid out around a central open courtyard. The lower ground floor will include the staff entrance and staff facilities. The new unit is being built next to our two existing wards on the hospital site – Haytor and Beech.
Melanie Walker says: “This new ward provides much-needed additional bed capacity for us. As well as providing a safe, high quality environment for our staff and adults with mental health needs who require a stay in hospital, the new ward means that more people can be treated close to home. We know that this is a very important factor in people’s recovery and it means that family and friends do not have the added burden of having to travel long distances to visit their loved one at what can be a very challenging time. In the design of new services we always include people who have personal experience of mental health issues – they bring an invaluable perspective and their feedback helps to shape every aspect of the project. They are key members of our Clinical Reference Group for the new ward in Torbay and we are extremely grateful for their support.”