Name the new mental health hospital in Southport

As work progresses on a £20 million new mental health hospital in Southport Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust is keen to hear from members of the local community their ideas to help name it.

Currently being built off Scarisbrick New Road and due to open in early 2020, its project team will be sharing latest images and designs at local roadshows and asking for views on a name for the facility and its wards.

Drop into see them at The Atkinson in Lord Street, Southport, on Thursday 16 August (10am to 1pm) in ground floor Gallery 8; or on Monday 3 September (10am to 12.30pm) in The Atkinson’s foyer or The Life Rooms in Scarisbrick Avenue off Lord Street (1pm to 4pm).

Naming suggestion forms can also be picked up and left at The Life Rooms Southport, or you can email your ideas before the closing date of 10 September to Southport.Project@merseycare.nhs.uk

Mersey Care’s Chief Executive Joe Rafferty said: “People in our care deserve the best standards of accommodation and therapeutic environments within the resources we have.”

The new hospital will combine local mental health inpatient care and some related community services on the historic former Southport General Infirmary site, close to the former Christiana Hartley Maternity Unit and continues a long tradition of health services there. The new-build is to the rear of the existing mental health facility the Boothroyd Unit, which it will replace along with the nearby Hesketh Centre.

All of the new hospital’s bedrooms will be single with en-suite bathrooms and inpatients will have access to safe inner garden courtyards, therapy and activity areas including a gym. There will be an on-site café, a family visiting room, sacred space, suite of offices and outpatient services.

Children from Kew Woods Primary School have decorated the outside of the construction site’s hoardings with artwork to promote health and wellbeing.

Artists’ impression: outside of the new hospital, image courtesy of Gilling Dod Architects.

Artists’ impression: Light and airy main reception area of the new hospital, courtesy of Gilling Dod Architects.