On Monday 17th July, Orchard View, the £7.3 million Inverclyde Adult and Older Peoples Continuing Care Hospital, reached the milestone of Practical Completion and will shortly become operational.
The contemporary healthcare facility is in a prominent location on the Inverclyde Royal Hospital grounds. It will provide adult and older peoples’ continuing care and mental health accommodation with a particular focus on delivering a dementia friendly environment.
There will be 42 beds in total with 30 of these dedicated to continuing care for older people. Facilities include:
- 24 continuing care beds for patients with dementia
- 6 continuing care beds for patients with dementia and co-morbidity conditions
- 12 adult continuing care beds
- Social enterprise space including a cafe and hair-dressers
- Treatment rooms
- Multi-purpose social spaces for male and female patients
More than just a straight replacement of the existing provision, Orchard View will enable fundamental change in the way older peoples care is delivered in Inverclyde. Staff, service users and carers have all been involved in the design of the building to ensure that Orchard View meets both the needs of people living and working there in the future. The Scottish Dementia Development Centre based at Stirling University, an internationally recognised centre of knowledge and expertise on dementia, has had a great deal of input to ensure a dementia friendly environment. Their involvement will continue through both the Service User & Carer Reference Group and input on how the building will operate once it is complete. Wider engagement with the local community has been carried out through the arts and environment strategy, which has been designed to ensure the facility is very much part of the local community.
The new Centre was delivered in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) through its Development Partner hub West Scotland. Apollo is a joint venture partner, shareholder in hub West Scotland, and delivers specialist development and procurement services on health and social care projects; alongside equity investment. Johnny Dryburgh, Chief Executive of Apollo, and a Director of hub West Scotland commented: “It was great to be here today to witness the handover of this fantastic project, long awaited; which will be a great asset to the communities it serves. Having been associated with the project for many years, we are particularly proud to have delivered both the development and project management services, seeing the scheme to completion. With Eastwood and Maryhill Health and Care Centres now complete, and Woodside & Gorbals Health and Care Centres now on site, the Orchard View Continuing Care Facility handover marks another key milestone in the relationship with the NHS in Greater Glasgow, being one of eight significant projects with one of our key partners.”