Adult mental health beds return to York

Peppermill Court in York will reopen on Monday (3 October) as a 24-bed adult inpatient assessment and treatment unit for the people of York and Selby.

Peppermill Court in York will reopen on Monday (3 October) as a 24-bed adult inpatient assessment and treatment unit for the people of York and Selby. The £1.2 million project has taken just eight months to complete and the refurbished unit is modern, light and airy. The male and female wards each have 12 single bedrooms and direct access to gardens.

Service users, carers and staff were involved in the refurbishment of the unit. They worked with the architect on the design and helped to choose the furnishings, colour scheme and artwork for the walls.

Several of those who had taken an active role in the development of the unit, were also at an open day in August to show people around. One of the service users, Ruth, said she was extremely happy with the end result: “It feels really spacious, more like a hotel.” She added that it was some of the practical things that would make a difference for people spending time in hospital, such as the visitors’ room (“somewhere quiet away from the ward”), having single bedrooms and the outside space.

Bringing adult inpatient beds back to York has been our priority since we took over services last October.

Ruth Hill, director of operations, said: “We understand how difficult it’s been for service users and their families.

“Over the last twelve months we’ve done all we can to support people, including helping with travel arrangements and costs but we know it hasn’t been easy.

“Bringing adult beds back to York has been our priority and we’re delighted that Peppermill Court will re-open on Monday as a 24 bed adult inpatient unit.”