New mental health facility is a ‘Beacon of hope’

Construction work completed on £8m child and adolescent mental health unit in Leicester

The opening of The Beacon mental health unit will mean young patients in Leicester will no longer have to travel out of area for treatment

Interserve Group has completed construction of a new £8m mental health facility for young people for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.

The Beacon, named to represent hope for a brighter future, was co-designed by staff from the trust’s specialist child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and young service users.

It offers a safe, welcoming and positive environment for individuals who need mental health inpatient care, supporting them and their families on the journey to recovery.

The facility has 15 beds, an increase on the current 10-bed provision, and in future will be able to offer care for young people with eating disorders who require an inpatient stay.

Young people have previously had to go out of area for this specialist care.

The Beacon has individual, en-suite bedrooms, rather than dormitory-style accommodation, as well as facilities for Leicester Hospital School, sensory rooms, quiet lounge areas, clinic rooms, and an outside garden and sports area.

Simon Butler, divisional director at Interserve Construction, said: “The Beacon has been a fantastic project for us to be a part of and we are very proud to have worked with the trust to deliver an environment that will enable provision of great mental health care for young people.”

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