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Mental health home to get women's unit.

Byline: RICHARD DOWN

director Jonathan Pochin, said: "Cambian Healthcare is the largest provider of intensive psychiatric rehabilitation services in the UK, so to win this job when tendering against three other contractors is great news.

"Work started on site in mid September and is on schedule for completion by summer 2010.

"Once the construction phase is complete, we have also been appointed to undertake a specialist fit out throughout the new facilities to meet the needs of the residents."

The centre has been keen to underline that patients are of no danger A PSYCHIATRIC hospital for men in Mold is set to get a pounds 3m new unit that will mean it can accept female patients for the first time.

Delfryn House currently provides 28 beds for male patients in need of psychiatric support but massive new investment by owners Cambian Healthcare will see the centre double in size.

Pochin Construction, part of Cheshire-based Pochin's plc, has been awarded the contract to build a female unit at Argoed Hall Lane.

The new 2,160sqm adjoining care unit, Delfryn Lodge, will provide an additional 24 beds and recreational facilities for the female patients.

At the moment staff at Delfryn House mainly provide care for patients who have schizophrenia. They focus on 17 areas of daily living, such as hygiene, cooking skills, travel training and communication, and try to find out what patients are interested in, such as gardening or mechanics, and offer support.

Pochin Construction's managing to the general public and their work has already picked up care awards.

Staff and patients marked World Mental Health Week, last October, by setting up a stall at Mold Market to talk to shoppers about the realities of mental health problems.

Paul Hughes, manager of Delfryn House, was unavailable for comment last night but he strongly believes that the hospital is capable of helping patients make a contribution to society.

Concerns were raised by some neighbours when plans to extend the facility went before Flintshire County Council in August 2008 and a petition was drawn up to block the project.

The plans were then altered from a 30-bed to a 28-bed extension.

Staff at Delfryn House said much of the opposition they faced came from a misunderstanding or misconception of mental health and treatment.

Other conditions treated at Delfryn include schizoaffective disorders, bipolar affective disorder and depression.

richarddown@dailypost.co.uk

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