Consulting with people in the Vale of York on a new mental health hospital

A public consultation is underway about the planned new mental health hospital for the Vale of York.

A public consultation is underway about the planned new mental health hospital for the Vale of York.

Over the next 12 weeks, together with NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), we are asking local people to comment on possible sites for the new hospital, as well as the proposed number and configuration of beds.

Three locations are in contention for the development – the Bootham Park Hospital site, Clifton Park site and Haxby Road (the former Bio-Rad site).

Further work is required to fully assess the suitability of these sites and feedback from the consultation will form part of the final appraisal of sites that meet the required criteria.

We would like you to give yourr views on proposals that the new hospital will have four 15 bed wards with single, en-suite bedrooms.

There will be two adult, single sex wards and two wards for older people (one for people with dementia and one for people with mental health problems such as psychosis, severe depression or anxiety). Each ward will have separate male and female bedroom and day areas.

Currently adult and older people’s assessment and treatment beds are provided across a number of sites and the new hospital development will bring these services together on a single site.

Dr Louise Barker, the CCG’s clinical lead for mental health and learning disabilities said: “We want to build on our work with local stakeholders through the DISCOVER programme and create conversations that will allow us to co-produce plans for a new mental health hospital in the Vale of York.

“We want to commission innovative care and treatment that local stakeholders say they want and their views on the location and the facility’s configuration are very important.”

Ruth Hill, director of operations for TEWV, said: “Most people want to receive the care they need at home and developing services that support service users in the community is a key priority for us.

“Alongside this we want to make sure that those people who need to spend time in hospital have access to modern, state-of-the-art facilities.

“The trust has some of the best inpatient facilities in the country and this is what we aspire to for people across the Vale of York.”

The NHS is holding seven public meetings in York, Pocklington, Selby and Easingwold. More information about the meetings and how people can have their say is available on the public engagement and consultation pages of this website and at www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk.

The consultation will run until 16 December 2016.