Cross Lane Hospital Development

Phase one of our Cross Lane Hospital development is complete

July 2013

The first phase of our new £10.4 million hospital development in Scarborough is now complete. Patients moved into the new specialist mental health unit for older people at Cross Lane Hospital in July. The light, spacious accommodation replaces the outdated Rowan Lea building and will help staff to provide more individualised care for people with different needs such as Alzheimer’s or depression.

It has 20 single, en-suite bedrooms with the facility to offer four patients day treatment, allowing them to return to their homes at end of day, internal and external gardens, faith centre and gym. Staff have their own internal courtyard style garden as well as modern office spaces, meeting rooms and a board room.

When planning the new build architectural advice was taken from the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University and views from patients, carers and staff on the ward were also taken into consideration.

Artwork chosen with the help of patient groups is a prominent feature in the new build. Bright photographs including local people from Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale adorn the walls and are placed in relevant places. The corridor leading to the dining area for example is lined with local food harvesting, prepping and cooking photographs, making recognition easier for dementia patients. Distinctive artwork is also prominent in the gardens with tactile wall ceramics.

Dr Neil Mayfield, consultant psychiatrist and associate clinical director for Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale said: “We’re thrilled to see the first phase of our long term investment strategy to radically transform our inpatient facilities in Scarborough now complete. This will make a huge difference to local people and give them the standard of hospital accommodation they deserve.”

Paul Hyde, general manager, Cross Lane Hospital said: “This new accommodation has been designed from the patient’s perspective. The environment of the new unit will much improve the experience of being a patient at Cross Lane Hospital and will create a better experience for visiting carers and for our staff working here.”

The next phase of the development will include an extensive refurbishment of Ayckbourn Unit, an inpatient facility for working age adults and is due to be completed in 2012.