About the redevelopment
Our redevelopment is significantly improving the current facilities at Newton Lodge.
The project involves demolishing and rebuilding on the existing Fieldhead site. The scheme began in 2011 and is making fantastic progress; it is scheduled to be completed in August 2013.
The total investment is around £12 million, a significant investment for Wakefield, the local region and quality of care for local people.
Before our plans were submitted to the local authority we discussed them in detail with our staff and people who use our services and their carers. We were also keen to involve local residents, partners, businesses and anyone else who may have an interest in our plans.
We held three public meetings to showcase our plans for the redevelopment and answer any questions. These were attended by local residents, carers, staff, Members’ Council representatives and Trust members. We also invited local government, MPs, businesses, partner organisations, voluntary sector and regional development agencies. Many people took the opportunity to collect an information pack or view the information on this website and we received some very helpful comments.
We made several changes to our plans based on the feedback received at these public meetings. These included:
- Planting additional trees in the garden area to better screen the new unit and improve the environment. We have taken expert opinion with regards which trees and shrubs would be most suitable.
- A joining corridor that linked the old building to the new unit was omitted entirely from the plans after concerns from residents about how this looked.
- A sloped design (banking) behind the area which was the all weather pitch. This, again, screen parts of the extended unit and means that a minimal amount of the building can be seen from certain properties on Hatfield View.
Following the meeting and local resident feedback the area on Ouchthorpe Lane was also neatened and the fenceline re-painted.
Why are we redeveloping the site?
The need for change is driven by national, regional and local aims for delivering high quality care to individuals from the local area.
The redevelopment plans focus on three key areas:
The reprovision of inpatient accommodation for male patients
The redevelopment plan means that our buildings will be a suitable environment in which to provide modern, safe, high quality mental health care. The existing buildings date back to 1984 and so require modernising and updating to bring them in line with other NHS facilities and make them fit for purpose. By rebuilding our facilities we will also be able to ensure our estate is meeting our targets for sustainability; protecting the environment and reducing our energy consumption.
Provision of a new centre for therapeutic activity
We have created a centre for therapeutic activity, further enhancing the quality of care we are able to provide. An improved, dedicated therapy centre helps us provide structured, person-centred activity for each individual we care for, aiding recovery.
Additional capacity for women who are currently treated outside the local area
We will expand our specialist women’s service; a service that has received national recognition. By increasing the number of beds by 10, it will mean that women who currently require this level of NHS care and have to receive it out of the local area, will be able to receive the care they need locally. This will ensure they are closer to their local communities, to their family and their friends.
Page last updated on February 12th, 2013