New unit is opened at Wishaw General

Alex Neil and Neena Mahal open the new IPCU unit at Wishaw General
Alex Neil and Neena Mahal open the new IPCU unit at Wishaw General

A new specialist mental health unit to help people in Lanarkshire recover sooner has been officially opened at Wishaw General.

Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, performed the ceremony at the new Intensive Psychiatry Care Unit (IPCU).

The unit, which has six beds in individual rooms, has been built to the latest mental health standards to ensure patients receive a safe service that supports them to recover as soon as possible.

Mr Neil said: “This new unit will enable those who need appropriate specialist care to access it when they need to and when their remaining in other treatment settings is not a practical option for their wellbeing.

“By having an intensive psychiatric care unit within mental health services locally, clinicians will be able to step up the intensity of care provided to those patients who are most unwell and whose needs cannot be fully met within existing inpatient care facilities in Lanarkshire.”

NHS Lanarkshire chairperson Neena Mahal added: “The unit is a key milestone of our mental health strategy for Lanarkshire to invest in and modernise services.

“It is a shining example of a facility that delivers real benefits for patients, helping them recover sooner in a way that meets our quality ambitions of being person centred, safe and effective.”

The new IPCU is next to the acute adult mental health ward in Wishaw General and has been customised to create a calm and therapeutic environment.