The Scottish Government have approved the Public Social Partnership approach to the re-provisioning of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. The original phase 1 was to build a 90-bed acute mental health inpatient and IPCU unit with phases 2 and 3 which would consider rehabilitation and other services following rapidly on.
The Scottish Government have now agreed that phase 1 should be extended to include:
- The original 90 beds mental health and IPCU
- 60 beds for older peoples mental health assessment and treatment
- 15 beds for Lothian wide mental health rehabilitation for people with complex needs and
- 20 beds for people with brain injury (replacing the Robert Ferguson Unit
The aim is to stay as close as possible to the original timescale i.e. completing the “outline business case” by this summer. This means that there will be a huge amount of work to consider before Lothian Health submit the business case. In particular there will be opportunities to shape how the third sector reaches into the hospital and how we support people to retain/regain their connections with their community. There will be “calls for engagement” coming out very soon focused on rehabilitation (Wayfinder project) in the first instance but more will follow.
Please watch this space for further developments.