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New mental health hospital opens

New mental health hospital opens
26th November 2007

A new £19 million mental health hospital has opened its doors today in Glasgow.

Patients and staff were involved in the design of the Gartnavel Royal Hospital which is aimed at transforming perceptions of mental health hospitals.

The new building has six different wards and 117 single ensuite rooms. It also has a community cafe, a patient gym and a family friendly room for patients with children.

Anne Hawkins, director of the mental health partnership, said: "We wanted to create something special which would radically improve the environment for our patients and staff."

She added that the new hospital is part of an attempt to remove some of the stigma surrounding mental health hospitals.

It has been designed to be as light and "spacious" as possible with gardens and court yard areas.

The hospital serves those with mental health problems in the west end of Glasgow.

Meanwhile NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has delayed the next phase of introducing car parking charges at hospitals.

A number of parliamentary and public concerns have provoked the delay, said the health authority.

Please click here to find out more about the lifestyle in a Barchester care home.