Improving services for local people
We’re investing around £17m to transform mental health services in Wakefield. This project at Fieldhead hospital supports our ongoing commitment to improve services for local residents and includes a complete redevelopment of non-secure units as well as older people’s inpatient unit.
The work is completely transforming the facilities and involves rebuilding on the existing site. Service users are benefiting from purpose built state-of-the-art therapeutic areas, en-suite bathrooms and vastly improved patient relaxation areas to help people on their journey to recovery. Other areas of the development will include modernised visitor areas, an improved reception facility and a better working environment for staff. The Trust is funding the work with its own capital finances and is not tied into any private company for maintenance of the unit once completed.
The story so far
Our new adult acute mental health centre at Fieldhead Hospital in Wakefield opened in September 2017. The Unity Centre treats patients from across our geographical footprint. It incorporates the Stanley male adult acute mental health ward and Walton psychiatric intensive care ward. There is also a new section 136 suite.
That was the end of our first major phase of building works. The next phase is now underway with the main entrance/visitor centre and Nostell ward due to open in Summer 2018 with the full refurbishment of Priory to follow for the new fit-for-purpose Chantry ward.
What’s happening on site?
The new roof deck has been installed to the ward area of the building and work on the roof covering has commenced. Work on the final areas of roofing to the front entrance area will start this month. The internal works have now commenced and once the final area of roofing is complete they will be able to progress throughout the building. Mechanical and electrical services for the new building are also being installed and work on the metal framing of the ceilings has commenced.
What’s coming up?
The incoming utility services will be brought into the site at the end of May. Unfortunately this means that the road across the front of site will be closed for a number of days during a two week period from 21 May 2018. This will mark the start of the external works where we will begin constructing the front car park, footpaths and other hard standings. Other work starting soon will include: starting on the external render of the building, boarding and plastering of the ceilings and plant room cladding.