Full-scale models ofÂ en-suite rooms planned for the rebuild of Whitchurch Hospital that is due to go in front of the National Assembly Government for approval in a months have been unveiled to the public.
The proposal lays down costs of Â£118m to completely rebuild the hospital at Whitchurch which has stood for over 100-years. Some of the proposed features include:
- Â£68 millionÂ to be spent on the Cardiff inpatient hospital
- Single room en suite accommodation over two floors
- Access to unspoilt parklands, courtyards and garden areas.
In a press releaseÂ they sayÂ “Whilst the care given currently is of a high standard, the old Whitchurch Hospital is no longer fit for purpose”, which is a statement that I would whole-heartedly agree with.
Anybody who has made a visit toÂ or had a stayÂ at the hospital will be able to tell you that it does feel exactly like the hospital from “One flew over the cuckoo’s nest”. The hallways are gothic, cold and wide open. The wards are barn-like rooms with high ceilings andÂ nothing but a curtain to separateÂ one personÂ from the next, very much like normal hospital wards. A set up that is not typicalÂ of, or beneficial to,Â modern mental health treatment methods. It really isn’t the most therapeutic of places to be, especially when taking into account the condition of the patients whoÂ use the service.
I have stated previouslythat provisions for mental healthcare within the NHS do not go far enough and should be givenÂ higher priority. This is a golden opportunity for the National Assembly Government to show that they have a commitmentÂ mental healthcare and wellbeing services and to bring sites up to standards that would compliment 21st century psychological treatments.