Mar 3, 2016 3:13 PM

New Hampshire Hospital's crisis unit set to open in July

The Associated Press

CONCORD — New Hampshire Hospital officials say the facility's new 10-bed mental health crisis unit will open in July, one year later than expected.

The Concord Monitor reports the state psychiatric hospital has experienced difficulty recruiting the nurses needed to staff the unit, which had its wing completed in July 2015.

CEO Bob MacLeod says the hospital is "beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel" with the hiring of four out of the eight nurses the unit requires.

The crisis center was established to ease the burden on local emergency rooms, which normally is where patients in psychiatric crisis are sent until a space at New Hampshire Hospital becomes available.

The hospital's staffing woes were aided by the Executive Council's approval of raises for nurses in January.

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