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Chance to see new plans for new Whittington mental health hospital

PUBLISHED: 09:05 03 September 2019

Drawings of the new mental health hospital for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust at the Whittington Hospital. Picture: C&I NHS Trust

Drawings of the new mental health hospital for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust at the Whittington Hospital. Picture: C&I NHS Trust

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Neighbours will be able to view plans for the new mental health hospital at the Whittington, in a series of sessions later this month.

The current inpatient wards will be moved from Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust's site at St Pancras Hospital to a new purpose-built facility at the Whittington.

It will be opposite the Highgate Mental Health Centre which is its existing inpatient facility. Work will begin next summer and complete in late 2022.

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The move is in response to ageing hospital buildings at St Pancras Hospital. In June 2016 a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report said that wards required significant improvement.

The trust has admitted that health, safety and accessibility standards are difficult to maintain on the current wards.

The first event will be held at the Whittington on Monday September 9 from 2pm to 7pm, and on Monday September 16 at the same times. The drop-in sessions will be held in Room 4 in the Education Centre.

C&I's medical director Dr Vincent Kirchner said: "To deliver on what service users and carers have told us they want in the new facility and what we know supports recovery and wellbeing, the new facility will have a gym, dedicated space on each floor for therapeutic activities, a family visiting room, a spiritual/faith space, sensory rooms and a café for people to meet and socialise.

"Many bedrooms at St Pancras Hospital are shared, easy access to outdoor space from most wards isn't possible, space for activities is limited and ongoing major construction in the area, with more and more tall buildings overlooking the site, make it increasingly difficult to provide a calm, therapeutic and private environment for recovery."

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