The ward, which follows an investment of nearly £1m, will provide care and treatment for the mental health of 12 to 17-year-olds and aim to help address the shortage of mental health treatment options for the age group.
A specially developed programme will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team and headed by experienced consultants, offering 24-hour medical and nursing care.
Young people accessing the service will have their admission funded by their families, or through their private medical insurance.
The ward’s programme offers a full seven day timetable which can include school, stress management, dialectical and cognitive behavioural therapy, coping skills development, as well as family therapy.
‘The ward is going to make a significant difference to people’s experience of treatment at a time when they are feeling most vulnerable,’ said Dr Hamilton McBrien, child and adolescent psychiatrist and medical director for specialist NHS services at Roehampton Hospital. ‘Over half of all mental health disorders start before the age of 14. Accessing treatment and care early can significantly help a person’s recovery.’