Construction of Southport’s new £20 million mental health hospital has got underway with a ceremony to mark ground breaking on the site.
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust Chairman and Chief Executive were joined by construction partners and guests for the sod-cutting to commemorate the official start of building and ground works.
It will give a new lease of life to the historic site situated off Scarisbrick New Road, rejuvenating the only remaining hospital provision left on the former Southport General Infirmary site. The new-build will replace Mersey Care’s existing Boothroyd Unit located there, as well as nearby Hesketh Centre, which will close once the new facility is complete.
The hospital will combine local mental health inpatient care and some related community services on one site. All 44 bedrooms will be single with en-suite bathrooms and patients will have access to inner garden courtyards, therapy and activity areas. There will be an on-site café for patients, visitors and staff, a family visiting room and sacred space, suite of offices and outpatient services.