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Sod cutting ceremony for new Mental Health Rehab Facility 10 June 2008

The Department of Health and Social Security recently held a sod cutting ceremony to mark the commencement of the new 16 bed Mental Health Rehab facility build, on the former Ballamona Hospital site, on land between Grianagh Court and Reayrt Noa.

The sod was cut by Dudley Butt MLC, Member for Social Services, and service user Elaine Haynes.

Dudley Butt MLC, Member for Social Services said,

“As the quality in service and care improves and advances, so too must the buildings in which that service is provided. Therefore, this new purpose built facility will enable the Mental Health Rehabilitation Service to provide a much improved standard of care to the population of the Isle of Man.”

Mandy Cain, Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Manager said,

“The rehabilitation team are excited and enthused to move to the new build. Staff will be able to provide an improved service, which will enable people to recover from a period of mental ill health within a modern, bright and purpose built facility. The new development facility will enable the staff to deliver excellence in rehabilitation packages of care to the Island’s public.”

The new facility will provide 16 en-suite bedrooms, therapy rooms, interview rooms, a visitors’ room and will have an enhanced security layout in order to promote and ensure the safety of both service users and staff. The facility will comply with modern day standards required to provide a high calibre of mental health rehabilitation and treatment. The new facility will also provide an option to enable some service users who are currently placed off Island to be returned and offered a high standard of service locally.

The new facility will replace the existing premises at Tynwald Terrace in Strang, Braddan, which is now considered unsuitable for meeting the required needs of patients receiving treatment and rehabilitation programmes.

The build is estimated to be completed by March 2009.

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