A major milestone in the construction of the new mental health unit for young people has been marked at St Mary’s Hospital in Armley.
The new facility for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) is expected to open in 2021.
The impressive steel frame has been completed and gives a sense of the scale of the new unit, which will have 22 bedrooms, activity rooms, educational facilities and communal areas both inside and out.
A group of NHS leaders, front line staff, a service user and Armley councillor Lou Cunningham were given a tour of the site by the construction company Interserve, followed by an opportunity to sign one of the building’s huge steel pillars.
Thea Stein, Chief Executive of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust which provides the West Yorkshire CAMHS service, attended the steel signing event. She said:
“I was thrilled to sign the steel frame on behalf of all the people who have been involved in the development of this unit. It’s great to see the progress first hand and I’m excited for the day we can open.”