A purpose-built psychiatric care facility caring for some of Fife’s most vulnerable individuals was officially opened in July 2016 by the Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt MSP. The new Hollyview Ward at Stratheden Hospital caters for those experiencing acute episodes of mental illness, providing specialist care and treatment at a time when patients are at their most vulnerable. The eight-bed facility sits on the northeastern part of the hospital grounds and replaces the Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit (IPCU) which was previously housed in one of the Victorian buildings on the hospital site.

Patients past and present played a pivotal role in the design of the new unit, identifying many of the key features which made their way into the finished build. It is line with the Scottish Government’s new Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 which was launched in March 2017.

“Mental health is an absolute priority for this government and the £4.4 million allocated for this project is just one illustration of our commitment to improving mental health services across Scotland. Purpose-built, specialist facilities like this provide an invaluable service for some of our most vulnerable individuals.” Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt MSP.