The modern, purpose-built unit at Langdon Hospital, Dawlish will double capacity for patients requiring medium secure care.
The exisiting 30 bed Butler Clinic which was built in 1984 will be replaced with 60 beds.
The new building is sophisticated and provides a more pleasant environment for patients and an easy to manage building for staff.
The Unit is built in straight lines which gives good sight and visibility for staff. All patients will have en suite rooms also space for occupational therapies such as art and music. As well as therapy areas daily activities include watching TV or films, cook a meal or play pool.
There is also a gym and a three sided sports facility for basketball and five a side as it has been proven that there is a link between physical activity and mental health.
Patients under section are required to stay within the site but as they progress they can move to different wards and lower levels of security, all in the same area. As their condition improves they can go through acute wards to rehabilitation with its lower degree of security.
The new building could provide between 50 and 70 new jobs
Source: Dawlish Gazette
And near enough to all those new houses that are due to be built for people to be able to walk to work!