Work got underway today to adapt Peppermill Court in York for use as an adult mental health unit. 

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV), the new provider of mental health services in the Vale of York, has given the go ahead for the £1 million project. 

The adult mental health assessment and treatment unit will reopen in the Summer, providing 24 inpatient beds for local people. 

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. 

Contractors started on site today and the refurbished mental health facility will have a male and a female ward, each with 12 single bedrooms. 

Ruth Hill, director of operations for York and Selby, said: “Since we took over services on 1 October last year our goal has been to bring acute adult inpatient beds back to York as quickly as possible. 

“Developing Peppermill Court will enable us to do this and I’m really pleased that work has got underway today. 

“The inpatient beds will reopen in the Summer and in the meantime we will continue to do all we can to support people who need to be admitted to our hospitals outside of York. 

“Alongside this work we will also be progressing our plans for a new, purpose built hospital for the people of York and Selby. 

“We’re developing plans to involve local people in the design and location of the new hospital and this will start in the Spring.” 

The new hospital is expected to open in 2019 and no decision has been made as yet on the site for the new development.