ALEX Neil, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, today officially opened a new secure care facility for psychiatric patients in Tayside and the north and north east of Scotland.
The Rohallion Secure Care Clinic has been built on the Murray Royal Hospital site in Perth, which provides state-of-the-art mental health treatment facilities and psychiatry care services for adults and elderly patients in the area.
A spokesman for NHS Tayside said: “The Rohallion Secure Care Clinic has 67 beds in six wards with both low and medium secure facilities.
“The medium secure service is jointly funded with the North of Scotland Health Boards Tayside, Grampian, Highland, Orkney and Shetland. The low secure wards provide services for male patients from Tayside.”
Mr Neil said: “This new state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility is a prime example of how continued investment in our NHS is benefiting patients and providing quality care. Having the right facilities is very important and we must continue to provide sustainable, high quality and continually improving healthcare services to all patients across Scotland.”
He continued: “Investment in health is a top priority for the Scottish Government and we have committed to spending over £2 billion on improving NHS infrastructure over four years.”
Linda Dunion, the vice chair of NHS Tayside, said: “The high quality mental health services being provided in this state-of-the-art facility will help meet the needs of people whose lives are seriously affected by mental illness and help them on the way to recovery.
“The new unit matters to all those in NHS Tayside, and to our colleagues in Grampian, Highland, Orkney and Shetland, who have worked so hard over several years to deliver this ambitious project. It matters to all the staff who are dedicated to contributing to Scotland’s aspirations to deliver world-class mental health services. And it matters, perhaps above all, both to the individuals who need this specialist service and to their families and carers.”