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Mental health unit planned for Norfolk

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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.

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