The proposals by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board will allow for the creation of an 18-bed “slow stream” facility and two 4-bed “step down” units at the hospital. They will replace facilities already on this site.
A slow stream mental health rehabilitation service gives patients the opportunity to achieve goals, increase their independence and make sure that they do not lose any of the gains they have already made before returning into the wider community. Step down units provide people with the support and care they need before going back into the wider community.
The programme to Reshape Mental Health Services in Swansea (RMHSS) is one of the key priority areas identified by the local health board for the next three years. This includes a commitment to redesign Swansea’s mental health services for both older people and adults, develop community based services, develop assertive outreach, and further alternatives to hospital admission and supported accommodation.
Health Minister, Edwina Hart, said:
“Since becoming Health Minister, I have made clear that improving mental health services is one of my top priorities. Today’s significant investment demonstrates clearly the commitment I have to further improving services.
“These new units, which are in line with the National Service Framework for Mental Health Services, will greatly enhance services and provide a better environment to improve the health and well-being of patients. I am pleased that once these new units open we will be able to close the outdated part of Cefn Coed Hospital.”
The new facilities are due to open in the summer 2010.
This funding by the Welsh Assembly Government is the latest investment to support its commitment to improving mental health facilities in Wales. In February, £118million of funding was announced to improve services in Cardiff and in December 2006, £30million of improvements in Bridgend was announced.
4 December 2009