Construction work starts on new hospital

Construction work starts on new hospital

March 2010

The start of construction on Scarborough’s new mental health hospital was officially marked as Kier Northern, a Leeds based construction company moved on to the site to start the modernisation work.

Tyd Gray, operations director of Kier Northern presented Jo Turnbull, chairman of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust with a specially engraved spade to mark the start of work on the site.

Cross Lane Hospital has long been the hub for mental health services in the local area, providing adult and older peoples services to the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale community.

The trust are undertaking a £10.4 million redevelopment of the Cross Lane Hospital site, including the refurbishment and extension of Ayckbourn Unit to provide a larger improved environment for service users.

A specialist care unit which replaces the outdated buildings on site is being built.  This new, modern and spacious accommodation will allow staff to provide more individual care to people with different needs such as Alzheimer’s or depression.  The purpose build unit will provide 20 assessment and treatment beds along with four day spaces.

Jo Turnbull, trust chairman said: “The people of Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale deserve the very best health care facilities and we are now well on the way to having a wonderful new hospital for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities.

Tyd Gray, operations director of Kier Northern added: “This is a tremendous facility for the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Community and we are delighted to work in partnership with the trust to deliver this project.”