If you don’t already know, CAMHS are having a brand new 13 bed mental health inpatient unit built for young people from Hull, the East Riding and North and North-East Lincolnshire on Walker Street in Hull. This article article will bring you up to speed on the progress of the build project.

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust received approval to build Hull’s first ever CAMHS Unit. Construction of the £7.8m building, carried out by Houlton’s, began on 23 July 2018 and is due to be completed in October of 2019. When complete, the unit will be equipped and staffed to treat young people who are struggling with a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, severe anxiety, psychoses and eating disorders.

Local NHS Charity, Health Stars set their goal of raising £600,000 to add an extra ‘sparkle’ to the new unit with their Impact Appeal. Having held focus groups with young people in the community, Health Stars have a vast collection of ideas and projects they hope to deliver to create an environment that feels more like a home and less like a hospital.

Trust Chief Executive Michele Moran said “As a healthcare provider, we have the funding in place to make this clinically a safe and supportive environment. However the luxuries and extra touches which will make this unit one of a kind is thanks to the hard work Health Stars, their incredible supporters and our communities are putting in.”

From hopes of a minibus that will support trips and excursions, to a music studio that will help patients creatively use technology to overcome mental health issues, the dreams young people have for this unit are inspiring. The Impact Appeal has also seen very generous donations from funders such as Help for Health, 360 Accountants, Avenues Open Gardens, and ResQ to name a few.

Health Stars charity guiding funders around the site of the new Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service’s Inpatient Unit.

If you’d like to help Health Stars to bring the very best of features and additions to the new CAMHS building, you can vote for them to win £100,000 that will go towards the new development. You can vote for Health Stars by clicking here and selecting Health Stars to vote. You can vote once per day.

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust have also been working hard to recruit staff for various positions required within the new Unit and have made great progress. Roles include Consultant Psychologist, Consultant Psychiatris, Clinical Lead and Charge Nurse. Recruitment continues for band 5 and 6 CAMHS Nurses. If you are interested in learning more about these positions or applying, take a look at the role here.

The new unit has been progressing very well over the last year. You can also view a live feed of the development. Access the site webcam here https://smartwatchweb.sureviewsystems.net/ and enter the following details:

Username:        camhs.timelapse

Password:         Sticker43

Once you have logged on, click on ‘Houlton CAMHS Time Lapse‘, then ‘Time Lapse Camera 1‘ and the live video will load and play.

Latest Update on the build progress

The patient bedrooms are starting to take shape, with floor coverings and decorations works underway and fitted furniture currently being installed. In other parts of the building, the class rooms, and ground floor ancillary room (non-ward areas) are nearing completion, with floor and wall finishes complete and fitted furniture installed.

Works are also progressing on the external works, with kerbing for foot paths being laid out. Additional to this, work is continuing to progress with the installation of internal doors, internal finishes and decoration works etc. The final element of the project that is programmed is the completion of the Winter Garden (main entrance and reception). More on this to come in the near future.

Latest images of the patient bedrooms starting to take shape within the new CAMHS Inpatient Unit.

To see the architects’ 3d representation of how the interior of the new building will look, watch the video below. Courtesy of Gilling Dod Architects.

We look forward to keeping you updated on the progress of the new unit.