New era in mental health

CAMPBELLTOWN Hospital’s mental health facilities will double in capacity under a major multi-level expansion to enhance the care of adults and older people into the future.

Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies has unveiled the designs, part of the $632M Stage 2 Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment, which includes a specialised older person’s unit and medium secure unit for adults, to operate alongside the general acute mental health units.

“These new facilities will help deliver a range of integrated and specialist mental health services for the most vulnerable within our communities,” Mrs Davies said. The new specialist facilities will be the first beds delivered under the NSW Government’s $700M Mental Health Infrastructure Program.

It will double the current capacity of the mental health unit to 132 inpatient beds, with new acute beds as well as 20 specialised beds for older people and 20 places in the expanded adult unit.

“These designs are the result of extensive planning and consultation involving hospital staff, community and consumer groups,” Mrs Davies said.

The mental health facilities will be located within the new Clinical Services Building, with construction on the Stage 2 redevelopment scheduled to begin in 2019. For local mental health services phone, the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511, or if you or someone you know needs crisis support call Lifeline 13 11 14.

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