Mental health hospital in York gets green light

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Plans to build a new mental health hospital in York have been given the green light by NHS bosses.

The hospital new mental health hospital, which will hold 72 beds in four 18-bed wards, will be based on the former Vickers and Bio-Rad factory site in Haxby Road, York. The facility is said to be needed following the closure of Bootham Park Hospital in 2015.

The closure of Bootham Park Hospital occurred in 2015 after Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors said there were serious risks to patients, along with poor hygiene and too few staff.

The closure of Bootham Park Hospital left no inpatient NHS mental health hospital service in the area for a year but patients were relocated to other facilities.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, which is behind the plan, said it was due to be completed in 2019.

Nick Land, medical director at the Trust, said: “People across the Vale of York deserve to have access to the best possible mental health care and this includes having a state-of-the-art hospital.

“The Haxby Road site has the space and layout we need to build a purpose designed hospital, that will support 21st Century care and I’m delighted that the proposal has been given the green light.

“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.

“Some people were worried that we wouldn’t have sufficient beds and we have listened to their concerns.