The new Wellesley Hospital on Chelston’s West Park 26 in Wellington is due to open at the end of January.
The 75 bed secure unit will have 60 medium secure beds and 15 low secure beds allowing patients to be treated locally rather than having to travel out of the region for care.
A spokesman for Wellesley Hospital said: “The hospital will enable patients to return to the South West from hospitals all over the country and support them towards independence. The beds will be opened in phases according to patient need starting from January 2017.”
The hospital will be opened by Elysium Healthcare in partnership with Devon Partnership NHS Trust. It will also work with Avon and Wiltshire Foundation Trust (FT), Cornwall FT, Dorset FT, 2gether FT, Cygnet and Livewell.
Dr Jason Fee, clinical director for Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s Secure Services, said: “NHS England’s investment in 75 more secure beds is a timely boost to the capacity we have in the region and we will start work with our partners immediately to plan the way ahead.”
The service will be phased in starting in January. Staff have already been introducted and the hospital expects its first patients by the end of the month.
Joy Chamberlain, CEO for Elysium Healthcare, said: “This new venture will enable our hospitals and our team to continue to deliver the outstanding care our customers have grown to expect. We will work with our patients to shape the care of today and the future.”
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