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New mental health unit announced

Humber NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded a multi-million pound contract to develop a new mental health inpatient service for children and young people. The Trust will establish an 11-bed unit for 13 to 18-year-olds from Hull, the East Riding and North and North-East Lincolnshire after signing a 10-year deal with NHS England.

Aimed at treating illnesses such as depression, psychoses, eating disorders, anxiety and emerging personality disorder, the facility will be located in central Hull. Michele Moran, Chief Executive, said: “Those who are experiencing acute distress have told us time and time again that it is vitally important for them to have easy access to this type of specialist help.”

The new service will provide general adolescent and psychiatric intensive care beds.The inpatient unit will support the community teams’ work by offering intensive support when it is needed, reducing the length of admissions by keeping patients close to the people and resources who support their recovery.