Ground breaking takes place on new hospital

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust has started construction on a new multi-million pound regional secure mental health and learning disability hospital in Maghull, Sefton.

The two-year construction phase got under last week (commencing 23 April) on Mersey Care’s Maghull Health Park, close to Ashworth Hospital. To mark the official start of works representatives of Mersey Care’s Project Board and their building partners Kier Construction took part in a ground breaking ceremony to dig the first trench, pictured.

Chief Executive of Mersey Care Joe Rafferty said: “Our experiences of building our most recent hospital Clock View in Walton three years ago have taught us that a good environment helps with recovery and we’d like our new facility in Maghull to become an agent of the recovery process.

“Having a positive environment helps with health and wellbeing, particularly in mental healthcare, and we are absolutely committed to this being a centre of excellence with service users being at the heart of everything we do. This has been driven by clinicians and service users so we can set new standards in what care a medium secure unit can provide and should look like.”

Mersey Care held community consultation sessions prior to obtaining planning consent from Sefton Council. It recently received further approvals from NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and the £48 million building contract was finally signed on 29 March enabling the project to go-ahead.

It will provide a state-of-the-art hospital with 123 beds caring for patients from across the North West, replacing Scott Clinic in St Helens and Woodview in Whalley, Lancashire. The new hospital is due to open in the summer of 2020 and will help Maghull Health Park become a centre of excellence in forensic healthcare.

The medium secure new-build will boost jobs in the construction industry and supply chain, as well as help ensure the long-term future of NHS jobs on the site. Mersey Care and Kier Construction will also be using the new-build to work with local schools to encourage young people into careers in the construction industry and NHS, as well as raise awareness about mental health and learning disabilities.

More about the background, context and project itself, including its Full Business Case, on our New Generation of Mental Health Hospitals web page here.