Peppermill Court in York is set to reopen as an adult mental health unit at the end of August.


Work to refurbish the unit started in February this year and we are now finalising the timetable for the transfer of services back to York.


The 24-bed assessment and treatment unit will have a male and female ward, each with 12 single bedrooms.


Since Bootham Park Hospital closed at the end of September last year following a Care Quality Commission inspection, adults have been admitted to hospitals outside of York, primarily Roseberry Park in Middlesbrough.


The trust took over responsibility for mental health and learning disability services across the Vale of York at the beginning of October and since then has reinstated outpatient services and the place of safety (136 suite) at Bootham Park Hospital.


We are also progressing plans for a new mental health hospital and have held a number of open events for local people to get involved in the development of the new hospital.


We expect a formal public consultation on the proposals for the new hospital to start in early Autumn.


Ruth Hill, TEWV director of operations for York and Selby, said: “Everyone involved in developing Peppermill has worked extremely hard and to a very tight timetable to help us bring adult inpatient beds back to York as quickly as possible.


“The refurbishment has taken a few weeks longer than originally planned but the work is near completion and I’m really pleased that very soon people who need to spend time in hospital will be admitted locally.


“In the meantime we will continue to do all we can to support service users and their families who are travelling to hospitals outside of York.”