St Saviour's mental health wards needs 'urgent' upgrade

An "urgent" upgrade of mental health wards is needed at St Saviour's Hospital in Jersey.

Treasury and Resources Minister Philip Ozouf has asked the States to approve additional funding of £1.7m.

The money will be used to upgrade facilities at the Beech and Cedar Wards at the hospital's Clinique Pinel, which are not up to standard.

Clinique Pinel provides assessment and treatment for people over the age of 65 with mental health illnesses.

Some £1.1m has already been allocated to refurbish the wards, but Mr Ozouf would now like the States to increase the amount to £2.8m for "health and safety improvements".

He said a recent visit to Clinique Pinel had make it apparent the work could not wait and was "absolutely essential" in order to bring conditions for residents up to a minimum standard.

"I consider this work to be unavoidable," he said.

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