PUBLIC meetings about a proposed new mental health facility for adults at Neath Port Talbot Hospital will start this week.
Residents are being invited to comment on proposals for a state of the art acute mental health assessment facility for adults at Neath Port Talbot Hospital.
Public meetings will take place in Swansea Civic Centre on Wednesday, January 8; Heronston Hotel, Bridgend, on Monday, January 13; and in the Gwyn Hall, Neath on Wednesday, January 15.
All meetings start at 6.30pm.
At the moment urgent and emergency assessment services for adult mental health are provided at several sites across the ABMU area.
One of these, Cefn Coed Hospital, is one of the last Victorian-style psychiatric buildings in Wales and health officials say it needs replacing.
The health board has already carried out a public engagement exercise, Changing Mental Health Services for the Better.
This set out the challenges facing mental health services – and highlighted a future vision involving locally-based crisis services supported by a central mental health hospital for people who need a short period of treatment before returning home.
Paul Stauber, Director of Planning, said: “A project group was set up in 2012, with representation from ABMU, service user groups, voluntary organisations, the police and ambulance services, and local authorities.
“After discussing the options it was agreed a centralised mental health hospital was the best way forward, with Neath Port Talbot Hospital the preferred location.”
Consultation continues until February 3rd next year and the outcome of the consultation will be reported to the health board at its meeting in March.