Construction begins for the two new mental health hospital units at the Kingsway Hospital in Derby and Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
The new facilities will each have 54 single, en-suite rooms, replacing the current facilities in Derby and Chesterfield which have dormitory accommodation, including green areas, therapy space and temperature-controlled rooms, helping to improve the safety, privacy and dignity of patients.
They are part of the Trust’s ambitious £150 million Making Room for Dignity programme – a government-funded programme to completely revamp the mental health inpatient (hospital) facilities in Derbyshire.
These facilities are being delivered by IHP, an alliance between Sir Robert McAlpine and VINCI Building.
As part of the initiative we are also delivering a new 14-bed psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Kingsway Hospital in Derby. Derbyshire does not currently have a PICU and people who need this level of support currently have to travel outside of the county to access an appropriate bed.
A time capsule was also buried as part of the event, containing branded Trust items including photos of current staff in uniforms, a programme brochure; a map of the Kingsway site; a poster summarising ‘the year 2023’ so far, along with a stress ball, pen and lanyard.
Arun Chidambaram, Medical Director at Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said "It has been a fantastic day celebrating the beginning of construction work for our new Making Room for Dignity projects.
“I am delighted we have reached the next stage of construction. A lot of hard work has gone into the behind the scenes of this event and project, so a big thank you to everyone who has been involved in getting us this far."
The projects are set to complete in 2024 for the acute facilities and 2025 for the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.