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a new building for adolescents admitted to psychiatric wards

a new building for adolescents admitted to psychiatric wards
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D.Corridors with rounded curves, bright spaces, a patio… the Soleado service, which takes care of children aged 12 to 18, has been renovated. Located on the site of …

D.Corridors with rounded curves, bright spaces, a patio… the Soleado service, which takes care of children aged 12 to 18, has been renovated. Established on the site of the Marius-Lacroix psychiatric hospital in La Rochelle since 2003, the unit now has a brand new building. This Friday 2 September the hospital management, staff and many partners were present to cut the ribbon for a service that will be operational from Tuesday 6 September. “A magnificent project. It’s an idea that is very close to my heart: making sure that spaces take care of patients, staff, etc. ”, summarized Pierre Thépot, director of the Littoral Atlantique hospital group.

In 2018, the project for a new service was approved. Open only during the day, the psychiatric unit had operated continuously, including weekends since 2008, to meet an increasingly urgent need. But the premises, although refreshed, have never been adequate for the care of young people suffering from behavioral or depressive problems. “Their degradation was evident. The quality of care and working conditions had deteriorated ”, the management acknowledged again on the day of the inauguration. The cost of the works was 3,100,000 euros and the purchase of equipment for 230,000 euros. Construction began in June 2021 and will be completed this summer.

Volumes and natural lights

To get a unit that didn’t look too much like a hospital service, while still maintaining its obligations, the management turned to La Rochelle architect, Alain Douguet, who has already designed many buildings for the hospital center. “It was about creating a reassuring hospitable place, avoiding the feeling of confinement and punishment, which teenagers often reproach us, of having natural light, very different spaces for day and night. We also needed rooms for therapeutic treatments for individual interviews, for example, and finally special relaxing spaces for the removal from the group or for the isolation of a few hours on medical prescription ”; explained Dr. Nathalie Gauffeny, head of the adolescent intersector in Marius-Lacroix.

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