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New Hospital Developments
£60 MILLION “PRIDE” DEVELOPMENTS GET GO-AHEAD
The Trust is now able to start the construction of new facilities on the former Ryhope Hospital site and at Monkwearmouth Hospital in Sunderland following approvals by the Trust Board of Directors and Monitor, the NHS Foundation Trust regulator.
The £60 million investment will see:-
- a new 122 bed hospital being built on the former Ryhope Hospital site in Sunderland. The development will include six, 18 bed wards for urgent care assessment and treatment, older people’s functional mental illness, and stepped care (rehabilitation) services; and a 14 bed psychiatric intensive care unit. An existing 15 bed unit on the site will also be retained. A new central facilities building will include a range of other service user related services and a new facilities management building will accommodate estates, facilities and information technology services.
- a new 24 bed unit, comprising two 12 bed wards, being built on the Monkwearmouth Hospital site. This will provide an acute assessment and treatment service for people with dementia living in Sunderland and South Tyneside. Along with other dementia services already on the hospital site, it will form a specialist Dementia Care Centre.
Fiona Standfield, Acting Trust Chairman said ”The need to improve mental health facilities for people living in Sunderland and South Tyneside has long been recognised locally, so we are delighted that we have now received the go-ahead to start construction work. This is a tremendous step forward towards our aim of providing first class care in first class accommodation for all our service users and our staff.”
Planning permission has already been obtained for both developments. On the Ryhope Hospital site, extensive enabling works (including demolitions, drainage and earthy moving) have been undertaken so that construction work for the new building will be able to get off to a quick start at the end of June. The new hospital is scheduled to open in Summer 2014. At Monkwearmouth Hospital, building work is planned to start in August, with the new unit opening in Autumn 2013.
The new state of the art accommodation on the two sites will replace outdated facilities at Cherry Knowle Hospital and Palmer Hospital in Jarrow.
The Pride developments are being built under the Trust’s NHS Procure21 Partnership with Laing O’Rourke, a major international construction company and they are publicly funded. This is the same partnership arrangement which built the Trust’s award winning Bamburgh Clinic at St. Nicholas Hospital, Rose Lodge at Hebburn and Ferndene at Prudhoe.
This is a long awaited development and we will continue to update this page to keep people informed of progress. Architectural impressions of the two developments can be accessed through the links below.Artist impression - Ryhope
Architect Impression of Dementia care unit