A good place to be, the best place to get better

Accessing mental health services in South Wales has been made even more possible thanks to the recent refurbishment of the former Gellinudd Hospital. The development of Gellinudd Recovery Centre in Swansea was led by construction firm Andrew Scott Ltd on behalf of third sector, not-for-profit mental health charity, Hafal. The centre will ensure specialist rehabilitation and treatment can be delivered throughout the area.

The project, which was completed in December 2016 and had a contract value of £647,957, saw the creation of a brand new mental health recovery centre and the rejuvenation of the former Gellinudd Community Elderly Mental Inform (EMI) Hospital. The site was originally closed by the local health board back in June 2013.

“Gellinudd Recovery Centre will provide a ground breaking new in-patient service for people with mental illness. We are proud to have led the project which saw the development of a 16-bed facility complete with en-suites, gym, multi-faith room, café, lounge and log cabin,” said Mark Bowen, Managing Director at Andrew Scott Ltd.

Gellinudd Recovery Centre is far from the usual mental health hospital. It has been designed by people who have experience of mental illness so the guests are put at the centre of everything. Guests are given the opportunity to lead the services following a programme of holistic recovery not just focused on treatment but looking at all areas, from physical health to social life. The centre will set new standards and best practice for recovery from mental illness.

“Thanks to investment of £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and the Welsh Government’s ‘Invest to Save’ funding, the treatment centre will provide an inspirational environment for sustainable recovery,” said Alison Guyatt, Director at Gellinudd Recovery Centre.

In addition to offering a unique, progressive service to patients, the centre will also work to generate savings for the NHS in Wales as management of such conditions in a mainstream hospital can incur particularly high costs. Gellinudd Recovery Centre is estimated to save the NHS in Wales up to £300,000 each year. The centre will also free up costly places across local hospitals in Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.

“Hafal and the staff at Gellinudd Recovery Centre provide an innovative approach to helping people recover from serious mental health issues. The centre is the first of its kind in Wales,” said Health Secretary Vaughan Gething, AM.

Gellinudd Recovery Centre is firmly focused on recovery; guests are supported to plan their steps towards a fulfilled life within the community.

“The 16-week project was a great success and we were able to not just meet but exceed Hafal’s expectations. Gellinudd Recovery Centre was officially opened in January this year and is already delivering extraordinary care to the people who need it,” concluded Mark.

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