A £9.4m development will be built atHellesdonHospitalinNorwichto provide more local care to those with serious mental illnesses.
The project, funded byNorfolkand Waveney Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust will provide a purpose built combined psychiatric care unit (PCIU) with ten beds and a low secure unit with another 12 beds.
Programme manager Denise Zandbergen said: ‘Having a facility inNorfolkmeans there will be less stress resulting from them being away from their families.
‘This holistic view – looking at the whole of the patient and their needs- helps to reduce the length of time they need in such specialist mental health accommodation,’ she said.
The unit will contain single rooms and ensuites, therapy rooms, enclosed gardens and a gym.
Work on the unit will begin in January 2008 and it aims to open in April.