New unit set up at Wishaw General

Staff at the new Intensive Psychiatry Care Unit
Staff at the new Intensive Psychiatry Care Unit

A NEW specialist unit to help people recover sooner marks a milestone development for mental health services in Lanarkshire.

The recent opening of a new Intensive Psychiatry Care Unit (IPCU) at Wishaw General Hospital means that for the first time people in Lanarkshire have local access to this kind of specialist care.

The facility is one of a number of key service developments to support people with mental ill health.

Community mental health teams across Lanarkshire are currently being expanded so they can better support patients, reducing the need for admission to hospital and helping people who do need an in-patient stay to return home sooner.

Colin Sloey is director of North Lanarkshire Community Health Partnership and NHS Lanarkshire’s executive lead for mental health, said: “We are delighted that we are now able to offer patients intensive psychiatric care in Lanarkshire. We have a dedicated and enthusiastic specialist nursing and medical team in the IPCU who have already shown fantastic team spirit in the time they have been together. They are passionate about the opportunity to provide patients with this specialist service and committed to developing the unit into a centre of excellence.”

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.

The IPCU is next to the acute adult mental health ward in Wishaw General. It has been customised to create a calm and therapeutic environment focused on the needs of patients, who have access to a private courtyard garden.