Work started this week on NHS Dumfries & Galloway’s unique £24.2 million project to develop a regional mental health facility as the Board’s chairman, Michael Keggans performed a sod cutting ceremony.
The new unit is being built on a 2.5 hectare site at Midpark Field on the outskirts of Dumfries and is at the core of a significant redevelopment of mental health services for Dumfries and Galloway.
When complete, the hospital will replace four existing units providing mental health services at one facility facilitating effective integration with other agencies involved in the care of patients. It will comprise a mix of elderly, adult, IPCU and rehabilitation wards, with capacity for around 85 beds.
Currie & Brown is the Cost Advisor on the project and has played an instrumental role in ensuring the implementation is delivered on budget.
Jim Hackett, Director, Currie & Brown said: “As cost advisor we have ensured the best balance between infrastructure and patient care in the mental health setting, maximising assets to deliver the highest standard of care within a defined budget.”
Jeff Ace, Director of Health Services, NHS Dumfries & Galloway said: “This is a major project that will significantly modernise mental health services, establishing the best balance between services that build healthy communities, frontline specialist community based services and inpatient services. Our focus will be on prevention, intervention and recovery and early identification of illness.”
Currie & Brown employs around 120 staff between its offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh and advises on some of Scotland’s biggest healthcare projects including the New South Glasgow Hospitals and NHS Lanarkshire’s “A Picture of Health” programme.