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New hospital for Southport

Roadshows showcase new hospital

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is holding two roadshows in Southport to update the local community on its new mental health hospital prior to starting construction.

The Trust provides mental health services in addition to a range of community and other services across Sefton, Liverpool and further afield. It is to share its latest visuals and design boards at two public events on October 5 and 11, coinciding with World Mental Health Day.

The roadshows follow the recent approval of planning permission by Sefton Council for redevelopment of land the Trust owns on the former Southport General Infirmary site, off Scarisbrick New Road.

The 44-bed new hospital will replace the existing mental health unit on the site, the Boothroyd Unit, as well as the Hesketh Centre located near Hesketh Park. Construction work is expected to start this autumn.

A Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust spokesman said: “We hope as many people as possible drop in to see our display and talk to the staff working on this project, including our construction partners and design team.

“We hope our roadshows will help illustrate how we seek to enhance the care environment and replace an unsightly derelict vacant plot and old hospital buildings with a bright, welcoming and therapeutic facility. We’re keen that construction will also help Southport’s regeneration and have a positive impact on the local economy.

“We’re conscious of keeping local residents living near the Boothroyd site informed so they are aware of arrangements to ensure minimum possible levels of disruption as site works get underway within coming months.”

The events are being held at Mersey Care’s new Life Rooms Southport, situated off Lord Street at 23 to 35 Scarisbrick Avenue, Southport, PR8 1NW. They are on the following dates:

  • Thursday, 5 October, 9am to 7pm 
  • Wednesday 11 October, 9am to 7pm

For Media information contact: GrahamHignettCommunications Manager (Estates and Partnerships) on 0151-527-3467 or graham.hignett@merseycare.nhs.uk