A £10.4 million project to refurbish and extend facilities at Cross Lane Hospital in Scarborough is nearing completion.
The redevelopment project comprises the construction of a speciality care assessment and treatment unit – to replace outdated facilities – and the refurbishment and extension of the existing Ayckbourn Unit. The project is being implemented by Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and is due to be completed in October 2012.
Cross Lane Hospital has long been the hub for mental health services for adult’s and elderly residents living in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale. Once work is complete on the site, the new modern and spacious facilities will allow staff to provide more individualised care for patients, specifically those who are living with complex needs such as Alzheimer’s or depression.
Kier Northern is the main contractor on the project, whilst Richard Eves is providing all architectural services on the site.
Service Director for North East Yorkshire for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, Adele Coulthard, said:
“The new developments at Cross Lane Hospital will meet the inpatient needs of local people and enhance the levels of mental health services that we provide, moving them into modern, up-to-date buildings with enhanced therapeutic and modern living space. Many people have worked very hard to reach this point and we were pleased to be working with Kier Northern on this project.”
Work began on the project in March 2010 with the construction of the new speciality care assessment and treatment unit. Construction of the purpose-built unit includes the installation of 20 assessment and treatment beds, four day spaces – reserved for partial hospitalisation care – a training office, meeting rooms and a board room.
To decorate the new unit, artwork and photographs have been specifically chosen to be a prominent feature of the site. In particular, corridors are lined with images which make recognition easier for dementia patients.
Before any work took place on the new build phase of the project, site staff sought advice from the Dementia Services Development Centre at Stirling University, along with careers, staff and patients to establish the best ways to improve on existing services.
On the first day of the project Kier Northern Operations Director Tyd Gray presented Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust Chairman, Jo Turnbull, with a specially engraved spade to mark the occasion.
Once work was complete on the new speciality care assessment and treatment unit, the refurbishment work on Ayckbourn unit got underway in summer 2011.
Trust Chairman, Jo Turnbull, said:
“The people of Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale deserve the very best health care facilities and we will have a wonderful new hospital for people with mental health problems and learning disabilities.”
Kier Northern Operations Director, Tyd Gray, added:
“This is a tremendous facility and we were delighted to work in partnership with the Trust to deliver this project. We enjoy working with the Trust and its partners, who have clearly spent considerable time and effort planning and preparing the project for the construction phase. Combined with our expertise and experience in the mental health sector this is a beneficial project for all.”
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