Harrington Building is officially opened amid great media interest
The widow of a renowned professor recently opened a new facility within the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital which treats children and young people with mental health conditions
Dick Harrington was Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Manchester from 1993 until his death in 2004. The Harrington Building was formally opened on Wednesday 12th May 2010 by his wife Lesley and other members of his family.
Professor Harrington was a much loved, internationally distinguished academic and clinician who played a leading role in the development of child mental health in Manchester during this period. He was centrally involved in the early designs for the Harrington Building and is fondly remembered by professional colleagues, and the children and families he worked with.
Directorate Manager of CAMHS Maria Slater said: “The day was great success, with all services having show cases and over 100 people attended. The presence of the Harrington Building is a particular exciting development for the Trust as it brings together a number of highly specialised, city wide and regional services together.”
• An in-patient 10 bedded unit, Galaxy House, which recently was featured in BBC Northwest Tonight and radio highlighting the recovery story of a child with a severe eating disorder.
• A paediatric psychosocial service that delivers a very highly regarded holistic psychosocial input to the Children’s Hospital.
• A social development clinic to meet the needs of children with complex development disorders.
• A chronic fatigue service that provides highly specialised support to children with this disorder.
• The academic department. The directorate has strong links and a relationship with Manchester’s University’s and is currently host site for two national research trials.
• The North West Deaf Service for Children and Young People and Families as part of the national deaf CAMHS provision.
CAMHS has recently extensive positive media coverage thanks to former patient Taylor Kerkham publicising the great work of the staff. Taylor, 12, was admitted early July 09 and stayed at the unit until December 09. He was suffering from anorexia. He is now progressing very well. His story featured on BBC North West Tonight, on BBC Radio Manchester and several newspapers, both local and national.
There was an open afternoon earlier in the day where people were given the opportunity to meet the staff. There were staff from Galaxy House, Paediatric Psychosocial the Social Development Clinic, the Paediatric Chronic Fatigue/ME Team, National Deaf CAMHS and the Academic Department.
The open day was designed to illustrate the functions and activities of the various specialist services located within the Harrington Building. It featured some special demonstrations of the current input of the Whitworth Art Gallery in Galaxy House to enhance the building’s internal décor and the young people’s creative experience during their admission. The dignitaries speaking involved a number of eminent professors from both Children’s and Adult mental health services.