A £10.8 million purpose built hospital to replace Gransha in Derry was officially opened by the Health Minister Edwin Poots this week.
The new crisis unit will provide in-patient acute mental health care, alongside a 24 hour, seven days a week crisis response and home treatment service.
Health Minister Edwin Poots said: “This is a significant and welcome investment in modern mental health services for the people in the North West.
“This new Grangewood unit will provide more comfort and dignity to in-patients and will help the recovery process.”
Grangewood Hospital has a total of 30 en-suite bedrooms, six of which are integrated Psychiatric Intensive Care beds.
There is also a fully functional Acute Day Care unit which supports both inpatients and community patients and an operational base for Crisis Response Home Treatment which provides 24/7 response to individuals in crisis.
The new hospital at Grangewood has been operational since November 2012.
Minister Poots added: “The new unit has been operational since last year and I know that feedback from service users, carers and staffs has all been extremely positive. I congratulate everyone involved in bringing this vital project to fruition.”
Chairman of the Western Trust, Gerard Guckian, thanked the Minister for performing the official opening.
He said: “This unit replaces the old Gransha admission wards which were built in the early 1960s and were no longer fit for purpose.
“This marvellous new facility is one of the most unique, modern and patient-centred facilities now available in Northern Ireland.
“It will provide mental health services for those individuals in crisis and act as a sanctuary conducive to recovery and improvement in mental health and well-being.”