I had to be back in hospital this is what I would like"
November 28, 2007
by Angela Hussain
new “revolutionary” mental health hospital where all
its rooms are en-suite has opened.
Managers of the £19m Gartnavel Royal Hospital in Glasgow say
it will transform inpatient psychiatric care with its modern and
All of the hospital's 177 rooms are en-suite. There is a community
café, patient gym, an on-site advocacy service, a multi-faith
facility and a family room.
hospital is described as "light and spacious", and patients
and staff were involved in the design of the building
Gillespie, a former service user and chair of the mental health
network for Greater Glasgow, applauded the privacy provided by the
"If I had to be back in hospital this is what I would like,”
"This doesn't compare to my previous experience, in an ordinary
"The fact service users have had input from the beginning in
this hospital is vitally important."
Shona Neil, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Mental
Health, said: “The knowledge that treatment is available in
such an environment might encourage people to seek help earlier
than they do currently given the poor environments many hospitals
still have to offer.”
"Hopefully staff will also feel the benefit of working in such
a setting and this will have a beneficial impact on everyone."
Hawkins, director of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Mental
Health Partnership, said: "“Many people have outdated
views about mental health hospitals and still think of them as large,
gloomy institutions. This new hospital will challenge these misconceptions
and prove mental health hospitals can be bright, attractive and
of Gartnavel Royal Hospital:
* All en-suite single rooms with shower and toilets.
* Community Café for patients, staff and public. It is designed
to “break down barriers”, by giving people who would
not normally visit a mental health hospital, a chance to mix with
patients and staff.
* "Innovative" design and layout: The hospital is “light,
airy and spacious”
* 'Hub and spoke’ model. All administrative, therapy and counselling
services are in a two-storey central ‘hub’, with single
storey adult and elderly wards extending in ‘spokes’
from either side. There are six separate wards - three adult wards,
two elderly wards and one intensive psychiatric care unit.
* Modern clinical and therapeutic areas: Including a patient gym,
therapy kitchen, facilities for group and individual therapy, on-site
advocacy service, multi faith facility (where service users can
have quiet reflective time) and a family friendly room for service
users with children.
more images of Gartnavel Royal Hospital (Java
David Bowker, retired psychiatrist, Stockport,
December 12, 2007
Looks like a modern high tech prison - particularly from the desolate
reception area leading to a series of small windowed solid doors.
and spoke system is, of course, a classic design from prisons -
but has advantages if properly designed in helping observation of
rooms are a good idea but pose obvious
dangers without very careful thought and adequate staffing.
William Bates, consultant psychiatrist, London
Nothing revolutionary I can see about this building. Granted it
looks bright and modern but it also looks typically institutional
and frankly rather cheap. Just another example of mundane NHS/PFI
commissioned architecture I suspect.
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