Low Secure Hospital: Mersey Care want your views on the proposed plans

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, one of the leading mental health and community health trusts in the country, are asking for the public’s help to guide plans for a proposed new low secure unit for learning disability patients at Maghull Health Park.

Following an announcement last year from the Secretary of State confirming funding for the new hospital in forensic learning disability care at the site, Mersey Care held a series of events to display plans at Maghull Town Hall last year and now want to share developments more widely.

A website has been set up (https://yoursaymerseycare.co.uk) that provides artists’ impressions of what the low secure unit could look like, there’s an area for people to provide ideas and stories and Mersey Care want as many people as possible to complete a short survey about the plans.

Elaine Darbyshire, Mersey Care’s Executive Director of Estates, said: “We want to hear from staff, local communities and people who may use the service as well as their carers and families – it’s important we get as many views as possible to inform our plans.

“We want people with an interest in learning disability to share their views. Everything that people say on the website will be considered in the Trust’s report to apply for final planning permission.”

Mersey Care’s model for the new hospital has been prepared after extensive stakeholder and community consultation, but they are keen to continue listening to patients, residents and staff throughout our development phase, The feedback will be used to inform the final planning permission hearing, which is expected next month (November 2020).

The Trust recently opened Rowan View on the same site, a 123-bed medium secure hospital for forensic mental health and learning disability patients. It is expected to become fully operational next month and was developed alongside service users and followed views from members of the public and stakeholders.