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Steve attends unveiling of Mersey Care £25M state of the art new mental health hospital at Clock View, Liverpool Walton

(February 19, 2015)

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(Photo's courtesy of Mersey Care NHS Trust & Joel Goodman)

Mersey Care NHS Trust has officially opened its £25 million Clock View Hospital, which it hopes will set new standards for mental health care in the UK.

The hospital, built over 22 months on the site of the former Walton Hospital, was opened at a ceremony hosted today by Mersey Care’s Chairman Beatrice Fraenkel and Chief Executive Joe Rafferty. Steve along with; the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and Mayors of Sefton and Knowsley, ward councillors, health partners, patients’ representatives and staff, attended the opening.

Clock View – named after the famous local landmark clock tower which overlooks the site – is a new generation of mental health hospitals providing therapeutic environments and approaches to care designed to improve recovery, wellbeing and reduce lengths of stay.

It will provide short-stay treatment for local people with a range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety and dementia, offering 80 individual bedrooms all with en-suite. It will also provide the city’s new psychiatric intensive care unit for those most in distress in need of urgent inpatient care.

It will also be the base for a new local assessment and immediate care service that provides emergency, urgent and routine assessment, enabling better support for people between inpatient and community services.

MP for Liverpool Walton, Steve Rotheram, who addressed guests at the opening said: “Clock View is a very welcome development in the heart of any constituency which offers people with Mental Health conditions state of the art facilities. Mental Health has long been the Cinderella service of the NHS, but Clock View will provide the gold standard service for patients.”

Mersey Care’s chief executive Joe Rafferty added: “People in Merseyside deserve the very best mental health services in the country and we are proud that Clock View makes a bold statement that second rate facilities are simply just not good enough.

“Clock View is a beacon that will help tackle the stigma associated with mental ill-health because it is a hospital where every patient has their own room with en-suite bathroom and it will provide the highest standards of care within a therapeutic environment – all designed to promote recovery.”  

Clock View will become fully operational by early March this year and replaces an existing adult mental health inpatient unit called Stoddart House, which will be handed back to Aintree University Hospital as part of the agreement to purchase the Walton site.

The new hospital has been designed to provide light and airy spaces, individual bedrooms of the highest standards for privacy and dignity, in addition to communal activity areas and safe inner courtyard gardens to aid people’s recovery.

There is also learning and education spaces; a café; a range of individual and group therapy and activity spaces, space for self-help, advocacy and voluntary organisations; spiritual space; family visiting rooms and meeting rooms, all contained in attractive low level buildings surrounded by landscaping.

Clock View represents a significant investment by Mersey Care and its local NHS commissioners. Mersey Care worked with developer Liverpool Sefton Health Partnership (LSHP) Ltd, set up under the NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) for the Liverpool and Sefton areas, to achieve the project through a public private partnership. Farrans Heron Joint Venture (FHJV) was the construction company, employing a total of 1,500 tradesmen during the build, with 100 local people employed for an average of six months.

Mersey Care has also worked with the local community and numerous local, regional and national partners to bring this project to its conclusion. 

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