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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

PSYCHIATRY SERVICES OPENED

Bendigo Health’s Psychiatry Services precinct in the new hospital has been opened today.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, and Bendigo Health Board Chair Bob Cameron opened the new facility that is located on Level 2 of the new Bendigo Hospital.

The 80-bed capacity facility, comprising of four units, almost doubles in size from the 42 beds in previous facilities.

“Our 80-bed capacity psychiatric inpatient unit is made up of four dedicated units: adult, older persons, extended care and a parent-infant unit,” Ms Edwards said.

“This whole psychiatry precinct has been designed to incorporate access to courtyards and natural light – to help create a calm and healing environment.”

There are more than 10 courtyards throughout the Psychiatric Services precinct with large open spaces and several include art and exercise equipment.

In a first for Bendigo, the new Parent-Infant Unit is expected to open later in this month.

“The new parent-infant unit offers five beds, large living areas and a courtyard,” Mr Cameron said.

“This unit allows for parents and babies to bond in a safe and home like environment.”

Bendigo Health Executive Director of Psychiatry Services, Assoc Professor Phil Tune, said the unit was a boost for services in Bendigo and was anticipated to treat 35-40 patients in the first year, all of whom would have had to leave the region for care.

More than 40 additional staff have been recruited, including a number from overseas, to work in the expanded service and ensure high quality care for the Loddon Mallee region.

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