New mental health hospital reaches key milestoneThe development of York and Selbys new mental health hospital has reached a key milestone, as plans for the new build were formally approved.
The Trust's Board of Directors has approved the full business case for the new hospital, which will be located off the city’s Haxby Road.
The new purpose-designed 72 bed hospital will provide two adult, single sex wards and two older people’s wards - one for people with dementia and one for people with mental health conditions such as psychosis, severe depression or anxiety.
The hospital will open in early 2020. The Trust is investing approximately £37m in the build of new development. Enabling work has already started on site, and construction of the new hospital will begin in the next few months by the appointed partner Wates Construction.
The Trust purchased the land earlier this year for £3m, following planning permission on the site which was granted by City of York Council in December.
Ruth Hill, TEWV’s director of operations for York and Selby said: “The approval from our Board of Directors is a key milestone and demonstrates their confidence in the planning and management of this significant project. We are delighted to receive the formal backing from the Board and to begin construction on site over the coming months.
“The new hospital will provide people in the Vale of York with a modern, state-of-the-art hospital that will support 21st century care – and it’s an important part of a wider project to transform mental health care across York and Selby.
“Although we want to make sure that people can receive the care and treatment they need at home whenever possible, it’s also important that they are able to access a bed when they need one. For those people who are admitted to hospital, the quality of the environment is extremely important. The new hospital will offer modern healthcare facilities which provide a safe, comfortable and dignified environment in which to receive care, and for carers to visit.
“We have worked closely with and listened to our service users, partners and stakeholders and the local community to determine what is required for the people of York and Selby. We also gave local people the opportunity to share their views and to be part of the development process and we will continue to support this level of engagement throughout the programme.”
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