The New Hollyview Ward at Stratheden Hospital


A purpose-built psychiatric care facility caring for some of Fife’s most vulnerable individuals was officially opened by the Minister for Mental Health, Maureen Watt MSP on the 13 July 2017.

 Hollyview Ward at Stratheden Hospital caters for those experiencing acute episodes of mental illness, providing specialist care and treatment at a time when patients are at their most vulnerable.

The eight-bed Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit (IPCU) sits on the north-eastern part of the hospital grounds near Cupar and replaces the facility  previously housed in one of the Victorian buildings on the hospital site.

Construction on the £4.4m project began in May 2015 with patients past and present playing a pivotal role in the design of the new unit, identifying many of the key features which made their way into the finished build.

Whilst the new unit offers a considerably more homely environment, the design also provides significant clinical benefits which support recovery and shorten the length of hospital stay.Individuals who are cared for in the new facility have access to an art and music room, a group therapy room and  gym and a relaxation area, which create a better environment and allow staff to deliver therapies which aid patients in their rehabilitation.


The facility also offers greater privacy than the previous unit, where there were shared bedrooms. Patients can now enjoy a tranquil space should time alone be desired in their own single bedroom with en suite shower room.  There unit is built around a central outdoor courtyard which provides space to relax and enjoy some fresh air, which was lacking in the previous unit.

Limitations in the old facility meant that patients could only spend time with visitors in the communal dining area. The new Unit allows individuals to meet with friends and loved ones in comfortably furnished rooms, each with access to a second courtyard.


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