THE SPECIFIC CARE OF CHILDREN AT SEVERALLS CAN BE TRACED ALL THE WAY BACK TO WHEN THE HOSPITAL FIRST OPENED, IN 1913. "CHESTNUT VILLA", WHICH TODAY (IN 2014) IS STILL IN USE FOR N.H.S. LABORATORY SERVICES, IS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL EDWARDIAN "SATELLITE" BUILDINGS, PURPOSE-BUILT AS "CHILDRENS' VILLA", LOCATED TO THE NORTH OF THE MAIN HOSPITAL BUILDINGS. IN THE EARLY DECADES OF THE OLD ASYLUM, LIKE ADULT PATIENTS; NOT ALL CHILDREN WHO WERE ADMITTED HAD A MENTAL ILLNESS, HOWEVER SOCIETY AND THE MEDICAL PROFESSION OF THE TIME THOUGHT THAT ASYLUMS SUCH AS SEVERALLS WERE THE BEST PLACE. FAST FORWARD ONE HUNDRED YEARS AND THANKFULLY, THE UNDERSTANDING OF MENTAL ILLNESSES, PERSONALITY DISORDERS AND LEARNING DISABILITIES HAS MUCH IMPROVED, AS HAS THE CARE, TREATMENT AND THERAPIES AVAILABLE TO YOUNG PEOPLE. THIS IS ALSO REFLECTED IN THE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF THE MODERN DAY BUILDINGS. THE HISTORICAL "ASYLUM" DESIGN HAS GIVEN WAY TO MODERN, BRIGHT, CHEERFUL AND FRESH DESIGNS, MORE HOTEL THAN HOSPITAL. THE NEW CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES UNIT (C.A.M.H.S.); "THE St. AUBYN CENTRE", WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED IN 2012 BY OLYMPIC SWIMMER REBECCA ADLINGTON, AND MARKS A NEW CHAPTER IN THE CARE OF CHILDREN AT SEVERALLS HOSPITAL.

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