Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) has announced new £72.3million capital funding will be invested to replace Manchester’s current mental health inpatient unit – Park House, based in Crumpsall on the North Manchester General Hospital site.
The unit, which currently has nine wards and 166 beds, will be completely rebuilt on the hospital site to provide an outstanding environment for high quality mental health care in the city of Manchester.
GMMH became responsible for the delivery of services at Park House in 2017. The trust said it immediately recognised that the unit was a priority for improvement due to its traditional dormitory-style hospital accommodation and set about developing a business case to redevelop the facility.
Neil Thwaite, Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said “We are delighted with today’s announcement. This funding means we can build a modern, fit for purpose inpatient facility which will support our hard working staff to provide the best care for our patients. Research shows that the environment impacts massively on mental health and the prospects of recovery. We want to be able to give patients the best chance possible to get better.”
“No one wants to be in an inpatient mental health unit, but if they do, we want them to feel hope and optimism. The new facility will hugely enhance the privacy and dignity for our patients, providing single rooms with en-suite bathrooms, more open space, improved access to outside gardens and places to meet with family and friends, to help their recovery journey.”
“We could not be happier for our staff, who work tirelessly in Park House. The new facility will support their health and wellbeing too and provide an environment that supports the excellent work they do and enhance safety and observations.”
“This is excellent news for mental health services in Manchester and forms part of exciting regeneration plans being developed for the North Manchester hospital site.”