May 14, 2013

Ferndene FX reports on the Children and Young Peoples’ Centre

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Healthcare specialists Medical Architecture continue to receive recognition for their new child and adolescent mental healthcare centre,  Ferndene  a specialist inpatient facility that brings together children and young people’s mental health and learning disability services for the first time in the UK. Built by Laing O’Rourke, it was commissioned by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust in response to a national shortage of age-appropriate inpatient facilities for young people with challenging behaviours. It is a 40 bedroom residential centre for those aged 4-18 years, combining a number of existing, outdated and dispersed services.

Veronica Simpson reports for FX – “Once upon a time, children’s hospital’ efforts to distract or amuse their patients were token – a cartoon character mural here, a decorative mobile there. The latest schemes offer everything from aerial walkways and meerkat enclosures to more quietly sophisticated spaces designed to support patient, parent, siblings and staff.” Read the full article here.