As part of a £50 million investment for Devon we have been successful in our bid to secure £8 million for a new adult mental health ward at Torbay Hospital.
The Government money, part of a £963 million national package designed to modernise and transform services, will fund four key projects in Devon.
At Torbay Hospital, the new £8 million adult mental health ward will provide essential extra capacity for people who need inpatient care and will reduce the need to send people out of Devon for treatment.
Melanie Walker, Chief Executive of Devon Partnership NHS Trust said:
“Today’s announcement is great news and a major step in the right direction. The funding will enable us to proceed with our plans to build a brand new, 16-bed ward in Torbay – which is the area of the county where we have the greatest need for additional inpatient capacity.
"We have known for some time that we are around 45-50 adult mental health beds short in Devon, when we compare ourselves to other parts of the country. We also know how hard our frontline teams work to manage the pressure that this shortfall of beds places on the whole system and we are working closely with our commissioners to find long-term solutions
“Our proposal is for the new ward to be located close to our existing wards for adults and older people on the Torbay Hospital site, and we are keen to proceed with the project as quickly as possible. As well as providing a safe, high quality environment for people who require a spell of care in hospital, the new ward will mean that more people can be treated close to home – which is one of our leading priorities.”