South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s brand new mental health and community services centre in the heart of Wakefield opens its doors to the public on 21 November 2016.
The Trust is leasing the former Quest building from Barnsley-based Quest Property. Quest Property is part of the Brook Group and is a Barnsley based, family owned property company. Quest have refurbished the building to create a modern, therapeutic environment for patients. Yorkshire based firm, Conroy Brook Construction Ltd, have been appointed by Quest Property as the main contractor for the Drury Lane development. Conroy Brook has a reputation for design and construction excellence and has won over 50 awards in recognition of their commitment to high standards.
The investment in the new Drury Lane Health & Wellbeing Centre is part of a wider programme to further improve mental health and community services provision throughout the South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership NHS Foundation Trust area and will make it easier for patients to access services. Elsewhere in South and West Yorkshire, a £2.7m new hub is now open in Pontefract. The £6.2m Laura Mitchell Hub in Halifax opened last Christmas and the £1.7m refurbished New Street Centre in Barnsley opened last autumn. There is also a major redevelopment of Fieldhead hospital underway.
The new Wakefield hub houses different services which were previously spread out across the district including: adults of working age community mental health teams, older people’s services community mental health teams, CAMHS and learning disabilities community services.
Chief Executive Rob Webster said: “I am delighted to see this project coming to fruition – well done to all involved. This has been a huge undertaking, more than 200 members of staff will be coming together from a number of sites. We will now work to ensure the hub works well, bringing teams together in one location to make us more joined up and allowing us to put local people in the centre of all we do. This investment shows our long-term commitment to the people of Wakefield.”
Jason Brook, Chief Executive of Quest Property, said: “This is a fantastic venture and we are thrilled to be part of another exciting development. The opening of this Health and Wellbeing Centre will bring life to a previously empty building in the heart of Wakefield. Quest are proud to be bringing the centre forward alongside the South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership Foundation Trust and we are looking forward to the official opening.”
The Drury Lane Health & Wellbeing Centre will be officially opened at a later date.