These pictures give a first glimpse inside a new multi-million pound hospital that will open its doors to vulnerable patients in the region soon.
Hopewood Park in Ryhope, Sunderland, is expected to open next month and is the final stage of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust’s £60m project which saw the opening of the new dementia centre at Monkwearmouth Hospital last year.
Hopewood Park will care for patients who have complex ongoing needs and require rehabilitation services. It also includes a 14-bed psychiatric intensive care unit.
The 122-bed hospital comprises six wards, each with 18 individual en-suite rooms for urgent care assessment and treatment.
James Duncan, the trust’s deputy chief executive, said: “Since May 2012 the Transforming Services plans have been further developed and we are now implementing changes in the way we provide community services in the Sunderland and South Tyneside area.
“These have been designed around the needs of service users to give excellent support, with the right interventions at the right time to people living in their own communities.
“This will reduce the demand for mental health beds in the local area but we want to ensure that when people do need to be cared for as an inpatient, they receive the best possible care in an environment that promotes recovery.
“Hopewood Park has been designed with care to support service users achieve this both now and especially in the future, and it will be a real pleasure to see how this new building and its staff will help people achieve their goals on their journey to recovery.”
The new £50m Hopewood Park offers a central facilities building called the Barton Centre featuring a range of other services including a café, mental health act tribunal offices, faith centre, physical treatment suite, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and exercise therapy.
Named after World War Two hero F/O Cyril Barton VC, the Barton Centre will also be home to the trust’s Initial Response Service and Crisis Treatment Teams and a carers’ information hub.
Constructed on the site of the former Ryhope General, Hopewood Park was designed by Medical Architecture and was constructed by Laing O’Rourke.
The existing 15-bed Meadow View unit on the site will be retained and will provide a ‘moving on’ service for those who are coming to the end of their treatment.
To celebrate the opening of Hopewood Park, the trust will be hosting two public open days which will give service users, carers, stakeholders and local residence the chance to look around the building before it receives its first patients. These dates will be confirmed soon.