Building work complete on new £10m secure unit in York

The 22-bed unit at Clifton House, off Shipton Road

The 22-bed unit at Clifton House, off Shipton Road

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BUILDING work has now finished on a £10 million "flood-protected" secure unit for women in York.

The first new patients have already moved on to the 22-bed unit at Clifton House, off Shipton Road, which will allow female adult patients with psychiatric problems and requiring a secure environment to be treated nearer to home.

Developers Balfour Beatty said it has now finished all construction on the site which has been funded on behalf of the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as part of a £4 billion national project.

They have said that as the building is close to a flood storage area, a six-metre water-resistant wall has been put up should flooding occur. The six-metre high wall acts as a flood barrier, with all building services being kept above potential water levels.

Peter Commins, Balfour Beatty managing director for the North West and North Wales, said: “We are thrilled to have delivered the first facility of this kind in North Yorkshire. It will provide an invaluable service for the community and enable patients with mental health issues to remain close to friends and family members."

It is the first such unit in North Yorkshire, with the first few patients returning to the area from as far afield as Northampton and Lancashire.

Officially classed as a low secure unit, the facility has a four metre high fence around its perimeter and smash proof windows as well as a seclusion unit.

As well as providing a service for female patients, existing male users of the services at Clifton House will also be able to use a new activity centre with a gymnasium, a training centre with supervised IT access and a visitors' area.

Fifty people have been employed to work at the new facility.

Among the conditions women will be treated for on two inpatient wards are patients suffering from mental health conditions including depression, schizophrenia and personality disorders.

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9:39pm Mon 14 Jul 14

mummy42 says...

Good to know that people can be treated locally.

York also needs a Mother and Baby unit for mothers who develop severe post-natal depression. There was a unit in Bootham but it closed about 3 years ago. Now mothers and babies who need treatment have to go to Leeds and if Leeds is full (as it was in my case) they have to go further away to Morpeth or Manchester, taking them further from their families and other children they may have.
Good to know that people can be treated locally. York also needs a Mother and Baby unit for mothers who develop severe post-natal depression. There was a unit in Bootham but it closed about 3 years ago. Now mothers and babies who need treatment have to go to Leeds and if Leeds is full (as it was in my case) they have to go further away to Morpeth or Manchester, taking them further from their families and other children they may have. mummy42
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1:48pm Tue 15 Jul 14

washmac says...

My daughter and her baby were sent 2 hours drive away from her family in York , was very difficult for them to visit, we ended up bring her home to N. Ireland where she had family support and great treatment , York deserves to have its own Mother and Baby Unit
My daughter and her baby were sent 2 hours drive away from her family in York , was very difficult for them to visit, we ended up bring her home to N. Ireland where she had family support and great treatment , York deserves to have its own Mother and Baby Unit washmac
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