Work begins on £7.3 million acute mental-health facility

WORK has started on a £7.3 million project to build a dedicated acute mental-health facility within Clinique Pinel at St Saviour’s Hospital, which was delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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The project includes extensions and internal remodelling to the facility to create 26 en-suite bedrooms, a place of safety on the ground floor, plus eight ‘overspill’ bedrooms and a tribunal suite and training facility on the first floor.

When completed, the new Clinique Pinel development will replace Orchard House which has recently undergone refurbishment following a damning Scrutiny report early last year.

The review found that the centre, which treats adults with conditions such as depression, psychosis and anxiety, had bedrooms ‘like prison cells’ and facilities that were not fit for purpose for either staff or patients. It also failed a health and safety inspection.

To enable the building project to go-ahead, the existing dementia assessment ward currently within Clinique Pinel will be moved across the road to Rosewood House, which will also be renovated.

The work to Rosewood House includes several small extensions and internal alteration works to create a new eight-bed dementia assessment ward.

Assistant Health Minister Steve Pallett said: ‘This is a welcome addition to the mental health facilities in the Island and is part of our continued investment and reform in this area.

‘Once built, Clinique Pinel will be a modern facility providing high standards of treatment and evidence-based interventions for people experiencing an acute phase of illness. It will allow practical working with individuals and their families towards recovery in a specially designed therapeutic environment.

‘Mental health is one of the key priorities set out in the Government Plan. It takes on even greater importance now with the impact Covid-19 has had on individuals, families and the wider community.

‘Throughout my time in office, I have continued to champion mental-health issues so that we achieve tangible transformation in this area. The redevelopment of Clinique Pinel is a key element of our ongoing plans for improving mental health services for Islanders.’

Rob Sainsbury, group managing director at Health and Community Services, said that the work had been planned with the ‘utmost care and consideration for patients and residents’.

He added: ‘Workmen are on site this week for a soft start, which will involve putting up site huts, demarcation boards and so on. More intensive work is due to start from 21 September. This will allow a number of patients and residents to be transferred to other buildings in a timely and composed manner and they, together with the relatives, have been consulted on the move.

‘We look forward to the redevelopment of Clinique Pinel and the benefits it will bring to mental health care on the Island.’

Both projects will run concurrently and are expected to be completed by early 2022.

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