Plan to extend city's secure mental health hospital
BOSSES behind plans to extend a secure city hospital for mental health patients said they are taking the concerns of people living nearby "very seriously".
Six extra patients could be cared for at Cygnet Hospital, in City Gate, off London Road – taking its capacity up to 52 – if plans get the go-ahead from the city council.
The hospital is a secure unit, which means patients are only allowed out with permission.
The first-floor extension would not increase the height of the building, nor take up any more land.
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Neighbours said they were "dispirited" by the news of the development, as they did not feel the site was suitable for the hospital in the first place.
A spokeswoman for the hospital said: "We are planning on extending the support we can offer people at Cygnet Hospital Derby by creating four bedrooms and two apartments.
"We will be doing this by relocating an administration office, minimising inconvenience for local people.
"Cygnet Hospital Derby provides critical support for those requiring rehabilitation. We are proud of the work we do and have recently been shortlisted for two awards.
"There is currently a waiting list for our services and we hope to be able to support more service users' recoveries, particularly those whose families are in the Derby area.
"We take concerns in the community very seriously, which is why we have written to members of the community and councillors. We believe it is vital that all people involved are kept up to date.
"We will work hard to minimise any potential disruptions to the community and we are looking forward to being able to support our service while creating new jobs in Derby."