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New Hospital Developments


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:-

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The new state of the art accommodation on the two sites will replace outdated facilities at Cherry Knowle Hospital and Palmer Hospital in Jarrow.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.

Arrow Artist impression - Ryhope
Arrow Architect Impression of Dementia care unit