Your chance to name new mental health facility

An artist's impression of the new mental health centre
An artist's impression of the new mental health centre

The new £46 million adult acute mental health facility and community hospital at the Ayrshire Central Hospital site needs a name.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s construction partner, Balfour Beatty, began work on the facility in July 2014. The new name is needed to allow the signage for the new building to be ordered ahead of its completion in spring 2016.

In addition to providing a community hospital for the people of North Ayrshire and housing elderly inpatient wards, it will also incorporate mental health inpatient services for adults from across Ayrshire and Arran.

A list has been compiled which all have a focus on nature to reflect the building’s surroundings and the art theme which will run through the facility.

The list is: Woodside, Woodland View, Parklands, Woodlands and Greenacres.

People can vote for their favourite in a number of ways from online voting, using a voting card or by telephone. People without internet access can also make use of their community library where they can get online for free.

John Scott, Head of Capital Planning and Project Director, said: “We are appealing to people to help us choose the name of this major health facility. While this facility is in North Ayrshire, the adult mental health inpatient services are an Ayrshire-wide service so we are hoping that we will get response from all over Ayrshire.

“This new building belongs to the community and as such we hope that members of the public, staff, service-users and patients will get involved and vote on which name they prefer.”

The closing date for votes is 5pm on Friday 27 February. The name with the most number of votes will then be presented to Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board for final approval. The new name will be unveiled on Monday 30 March.

Tell us which name you prefer using the following methods:

Survey monkey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/achnewbuild

writing free to Freepost RTRE-HAXS-UKLT, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NACH Project Office, Ayrshire Central Hospital Kilwinning Road, Irvine, KA12 8SS

calling free to 0800 169 1441

emailing NACH@aapct.scot.nhs.uk

The building will offer state-of-the-art facilities on the Ayrshire Central Hospital site. It will provide 206 beds for people who need a level of care and rehabilitation that can only be provided by a stay in hospital.