Mersey Care announce consultation dates for proposed new unit in Maghull

Proposals to build a new 40-bed specialist hospital for people with learning disabilities will be shared at three drop in sessions at Maghull Town Hall this September prior to the submission of an outline planning application.

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, the local NHS provider trust for mental health, learning disabilities and some community health services, wants to build the specialist learning disability low secure unit on its Maghull Health Park, off School Lane. It will replace a unit in Whalley, Lancashire, under NHS England recommendations to provide a new model of care for complex patients across the North West.

The new unit will cater for men and women with a diagnosis of learning disability, autism and comorbid conditions, needing care and treatment in conditions of a low secure setting. The proposal is to locate it close to the new Rowan View 123-bed medium secure unit currently being built on the Maghull Health Park and near to Ashworth Hospital.

A Mersey Care spokesperson said: “Our proposal is to build a state of the art facility in Maghull which enables the best standards of accommodation and the provision of high quality care. This new facility will also promote the delivery of care which reduces the length of stay for patients.

“We are keeping the local community informed and providing an opportunity to ask questions and submit feedback. We believe these plans will help establish Maghull Health Park as a centre of excellence in secure health services, provide job and career opportunities and boost the local economy.”    

Three public drop-in events will be held at Maghull Town Hall, L31 7BB. They are on Thursday 5 September (2pm to 4pm), Monday 9 September (6.30pm to 8.30pm) and Thursday 19 September (6.30pm to 8.30pm). At the events, the plans will be on display and members of the project team will be available to answer questions and capture feedback.

Funding of £33million for a new unit was among Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s NHS future spending announcement in August. His statement included 20 hospitals that are set to share £850 million capital spending to upgrade facilities and equipment across the UK.

Mersey Care will also have to go through a lengthy process to assure NHS England that it has a sound business case for the new hospital if the principle of development is granted.

Mersey Care is also due to complete the development of a new state of the art mental health hospital in Southport in October, which is on course to be fully operational in March next year.