The government has given the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) their final approval to build a brand new adult mental health unit in Manchester at the North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH).
The state-of-the-art unit, valued at £ 105.9 million, will replace the current inpatient mental health ward at Park House at the NMGH. £ 91.3 million will be funded by the central government, with the remaining £ 14.6 million funded by the Trust.
The project is part of an exciting vision for NMGH to improve the health and well-being of local people over the next 10 to 15 years.
The clearing of the development area has already begun, the demolition work should begin immediately and be completed by the end of March 2022. Construction work on the new building is scheduled to begin in April 2022.
Park House is an inpatient facility that assesses and treats adults and the elderly with mental health problems, including depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, and dementia.
GMMH became responsible for providing the Park House services in 2017 and immediately realized that this was a priority for improvement due to its dated dormitory-style accommodations and limited outdoor space.
GMMH has invested over £ 3 million in renovations and expansions to improve the facilities and the environment at Park House since 2017. The ongoing improvement work will continue until the new building is completed and operational until 2024.
The new state-of-the-art unit will greatly enhance the patient experience, with spacious single rooms, each with its own bathroom, a variety of indoor activity areas and several outdoor garden areas. The modern facilities will use the latest technology and therapeutic design to create an environment that is both conducive to recovery and pleasant to live, work and visit.
Mental Health Minister Gillian Keegan said:
“Everyone who is treated deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and I am determined to ensure that everyone in need has access to quality care in a comfortable setting.
“This upgrade is one of 20 major hospital upgrades we’re building with an investment of £ 850 million, and it is testament to our mission to remove dormitories from mental health facilities – a commitment that is supported with an additional £ 400 million .
“In a broad sense, we are transforming mental health services in England by 2023/24 with an additional £ 2.3 billion a year.”
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester said:
“This announcement is great news. It ensures that patients are cared for in the best possible environment and is undoubtedly accepted by staff and patients.
“My priority is to make sure everyone gets the psychological support they need, and that funding will provide us with world-class mental health facilities that patients in our metropolitan area deserve.”
Sir Richard Leese, Chairman-designate of the Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board, said:
“This is brilliant news for our metropolitan area and the new facility will be instrumental in how we meet our populations’ mental health needs at a time when we know these services will be more widely used.
“I am pleased that the work on site will start shortly so that we can provide the needy with greatly improved equipment as quickly as possible.
“I would like to pay tribute to the hardworking staff at Park House for the work they have done to date and an even better future in a facility that vastly improves patient privacy and dignity, and improves their mental abilities.” Health and Wellbeing. “