Work to create a new mental health centre for children and young people in Aberdeen could start before the end of the year.
Plans have been formally lodged to redevelop the Links Unit at the City Hospital in Aberdeen to house the centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said: “This move is part of a redesign of the whole system to develop an innovative and reactive Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service ensuring care is delivered in an efficient, effective and consistent way across Grampian.
“Providing services in a single setting will mean our young people are able to benefit from easier access to specialists and get access to the right type of care they need, from the right professional at the right time.
“Subject to approval, we hope to start work on the site before the end of the year.”
Staff are currently spread across three sites in Aberdeen but the new centre would bring services for children up to 18 years old together under one roof.
The facility will be over 2,000m² spread across two floors and will boast 23 interview rooms and five group rooms.
It will also include an education and resource room, complete with video-conference facilities, allowing closer working with education, social work and other specialist partners.