New dedicated hospital space for Jersey children with mental health concerns

Children and young people with mental health challenges in Jersey will have a dedicated place in the hospital's children's ward in future.

Robin Ward at the General Hospital is undergoing major refurbishment.

Once finished, there will be an enhanced facility for children and young people needing admission for planned treatment, or following an emergency referral, as well as a provision for those with mental health troubles who need hospital care.

Some children and young people will also no longer need Robin Ward. Instead a new Continuing Care Clinic is being set up within the paediatric area of the Hospital’s Outpatients Department. This will cater for those requiring a range of assessments, investigations or short-term reviews of treatment.

It’s very important that we provide a bespoke facility that meets the needs of young Islanders who face mental health challenges. At the same time the enhanced environment and facilities will benefit all those who come to Robin Ward, while the Continuing Care Clinic is best able to provide care for those with outpatient needs.

– Senator Andrew Green, Minister for Health and Social Services

The work is starting next week and is expected to take 18 weeks to complete. Whilst it is happening, Robin Ward will be relocated to the seventh floor of the hospital.