Minister visits new mental health centre

Some members of the creative group show Ms Watt their work.
Some members of the creative group show Ms Watt their work.

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health, paid a special visit to Ayrshire’s newest mental health facility, Woodland View, on Tuesday 1 November.

Ms Watt was welcomed to the £46million facility in the grounds of Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine, which opened to patients in May 2016.

Woodland View provides inpatient care for 206 older people and mental health patients from throughout Ayrshire. Ms Watt was provided with a tour of the stunning facility which included an adult mental health ward and a rehabilitation area. Ms Watt was introduced to staff and patients while touring the wards.

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health, said: “It was a pleasure to visit this fantastic new mental health facility, which will bring great benefits to patients and families across Ayrshire and Arran. Improving mental health services is an absolute priority for this government, and tremendous new facilities like this are playing an important role in those efforts. We are investing an additional £150 million over five years and have committed to put in place a new ten-year Mental Health Strategy to transform mental health. We will publish the next strategy later this year.”

Dr Martin Cheyne, Chairman of Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ms Watt to Woodland View today.

“Following the successful completion of the facility in May, staff have been working hard to ensure the smooth transfer of patients from other facilities in Ayrshire. The feedback we have received from patients and their relatives has been overwhelmingly positive about Woodland View and the 21st century environment it provides.”

Iona Colvin, Director for North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership, commented: “Our staff were pleased to meet Ms Watt and speak with her about the positive impact the new facility has had on their ability to provide person-centred care in a suitable environment. Patients also spoke about the difference Woodland View has had on their care and treatment journey.”

Councillor Peter McNamara said: “Since opening in the summer, we’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from patients and their families.”