Mental Health Services

Artists Impression of new Birch Hill Mental Health Centre

We provide a broad range of mental health services within the community and at our hospital facilities.

In September 2020 the Department of Health approved the Trust’s outline business case for the provision of a new, purpose-built 134 single-bedroom Mental Health Inpatient Service on the Antrim Area Hospital site.

The Birch Hill Centre for Mental Health will improve the quality of service we provide for those in our care, and replace our current facilities at Holywell Hospital and Causeway Hospital’s Ross Thompson Unit which are no longer fit for purpose.

The £126m capital investment will deliver a new state-of-the art facility that will address failures in the existing accommodation including:

  • Lack of single bedrooms
  • Limited access to secure outdoor space
  • Inadequate provision for family visiting and dining
  • Outdated activity rooms with inadequate space to support structured therapeutic interventions or provide quiet areas for patients requiring space
  • Inadequate accommodation for staff changing, rest breaks and dining

The project is now in the final design stages and a pre-application community consultation on the proposals has closed.

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