The £11.8 million scheme will create a centre on two floors providing an adult ward with 16 bedrooms, treatment and therapy rooms and offices. The upper ground floor would contain the main public entrance leading to a reception and waiting area, a family visiting room, therapy spaces, offices, and other rooms laid out around a central open courtyard. The lower ground floor would contain the staff entrance leading to staff facilities.
The new unit will be built next to two existing mental health wards on the hospital site – Haytor and Beech. All of the wards are part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services.
The additional facilities will help tackle the shortage of adult mental health beds in the area, and will reduce the number of people who have to receive their care outside Devon.