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Mental Defectives, Aberdeenshire (Accommodation And Therapy)

Volume 530: debated on Tuesday 20 July 1954

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give details of the existing accommodation and the nature of the mental therapy provided in Aberdeen county and city in relation to mentally-deficient children and mentally-deficient adults, respectively and what steps he is taking to extend the scope of the existing services.

Mentally defective children in need of institutional care are accommodated in Woodlands Home, Cults, which has recently been extended and now has 112 beds. Ladysbridge Hospital, Banff, is being developed as a regional institution for adult defectives, and 140 beds are at present in use there for this purpose. Plans are in hand for its eventual expansion to accommodate 600 patients. The usual types of therapy appropriate for mental defectives are provided at both institutions.