Work Starts on Pounds 32m Mental Health Service Upgrade Project; HEALTH

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Byline: Health Editor Madeleine Brindley

A pounds 32m scheme to modernise mental health services in Bridgend has started.

The building work to create a new day centre and rehabilitation unit and redevelop existing facilities is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

The development also includes a new multi-storey car park for the Princess of Wales Hospital, in readiness for the new pounds 22m Child and Adolescent Mental Health unit.

There will also be a partial redevelopment of Glanrhyd Hospital costing up to pounds 6m; a new day centre to replace the Ty'r Ardd unit and a new rehabilitation unit in the grounds of the former Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust headquarters in Quarella Road.

Paul Stauber, director of planning for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust, said: "We have recently had planning permission from Bridgend council for the CAMHS unit, and we plan to start building work in the autumn, once the new car park is ready.

"The CAMHS unit is due to be completed by Christmas, 2010."

The car park, which will be accessed by a new road leading onto the A4061 bypass, will be used by staff only, freeing up all the surface car parks for visitors and patients.

The new CAMHS unit will house the service for young people and will be run by the neighbouring Cwm Taf NHS Trust. …