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Welsh government commits £19M to new mental health unit

The Welsh Assembly government will contribute more than £19M towards a new 60-bed mental health unit to be built for older people at the Cefn Coed Hospital in Swansea.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board’s plans for the unit have been approved as it bids to improve mental health facilities in Swansea.

Rather than being put out to tender in the traditional sense, it is covered by a collaborative construction framework: the Welsh Assembly government’s Design for Life: Building for Wales partnering scheme.

Replacing the outdated facilities at Cefn Coed Hospital and at Garngoch Hospital, Gorseinon, the unit will provide specialised assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services for older patients with dementia and other mental health issues. It is expected to open later in 2010.

Health minister Edwina Hart said: “This new facility will greatly improve services as well as the care environment for people with dementia and other mental health conditions in the Swansea area.”

Cardiff-based Boyes Rees Architects, led by Christopher Jones, will have control of the design.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board chair Win Griffiths said: “We are delighted the Welsh Assembly government has supported this very important development in the grounds of Cefn Coed Hospital. It is a state-of-the-art facility, which has been purposely designed and built for patients with dementia type illnesses, to provide them with a safe and top quality environment.”

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