Plans for Southport hospital to be finalised

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NHS Boothroyd Unit, Southport hospital. Pic © Wikimedia commons

The building of a new mental health hospital in Southport looks set to be given the go-ahead.

The new facility, which will house 44 patients, may be built on the site of the former Christiana Hartley Hospital, on the corner of Scarisbrick New Road and Curzon Road, upon approval by Sefton Council.

A Mersey Care NHS spokesperson told JMU Journalism: “The new site will provide patients with greater privacy through their own en-suite bedrooms.

“The current site has been deemed not fit for purpose, so the new facility will be able to provide better support and care to all of our patients. The inclusion of a new garden courtyard within the complex will also help aid the recovery of those here.

“Once the building work has been completed, all staff and patients will be transferred over to the new facility.”

The new facility will be situated next to the existing Boothroyd Unit – the only surviving building from the original complex – with the old site making way for a new car park.

Joe Rafferty, Mersey Care’s Chief Executive, said: “People in our care deserve the best standards of accommodation and therapeutic environments within the resources we have. This new hospital builds on the success of our most recent hospital at Clock View, Walton, and goes a long way towards parity for the people of Sefton who access our services.”

Clauses within the contract state that the provision of on-site car parking for staff and visitors, with road access and a walkway also deemed a high priority for the planning permission.

If the final plans are approved, construction could take up to 21 months to complete.

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