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Scottish Government gives green light to centre for young people in North Ayrshire

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NHS Ayrshire & Arran has received approval from the Scottish Government on the Full Business Case (FBC) for the new national facility for young people at Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine.Now the countdown is on to the opening of the new project.The Scottish Government Capital Investment Group has considered and scrutinised the details of the plans for Foxgrove, the National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service.NHS Assure has satisfactorily concluded their Key Stage Assurance Review.Ground, foundation and drainage works have already been completed on site by Kier, NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s construction partner in this project.However, the FBC approval now means that construction can begin in earnest, with the facility expected to welcome its first patients in 2023.Foxgrove will be an inpatient unit for children aged 12 to 18 years who have complex difficulties and need a high level of care.It will provide the first medium secure adolescent inpatient service for young people in Scotland.The development is a key strand of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027.This purpose-built facility in Ayrshire means that children will be cared for nearer to home and will receive appropriate care, treatment, therapies, security and ongoing education.Don't miss the latest Ayrshire headlines – sign up to our free daily newsletter here

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