South East Wales

Mental health unit at Llandough to be built for £88m

University Hospital Llandough
Image caption A grant from the Welsh government will pay for the new unit

An £88m mental health unit is to be built in the Vale of Glamorgan housing up to 135 beds.

The new unit at the University Hospital Llandough will bring together services already on site with those currently at Whitchurch Hospital in Cardiff.

It will aim to deliver improved specialist mental health support and physical healthcare.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board received a grant from the Welsh government to pay for the unit.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: "This new unit will give patients who access mental health services a sense of dignity and safety and I am pleased the Welsh government funding has made it possible."

The unit will bring together all general adult mental health inpatient services and specialist services for clients requiring low-level secure, addiction, neuropsychiatry, intensive care and supportive recovery services along with associated therapy and support services.

It will have single bedrooms with ensuite facilities and flexible ward design, including access to single-sex sitting rooms and bedroom areas, garden areas and therapeutic space.

A plaza area has been earmarked for a newsagent and general shops, post office facilities and a cafe aimed at helping aid social integration and reduce stigma.

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