Demolition starts to build 3 new mental health wards

Demolition work started at the NHS buildings in Long Leys Court on August 26. This is part of the first phase to build a new multi-million pound mental health rehabilitation centre on the site over the next year.

The new rehabilitation centre is due to be completed late 2011, and will be ready for use early 2012. The new facility will replace the two existing in-patient wards already on the site, and a third female-only ward will be built.

Of the three wards, two will be single sex, and one mixed gender, each containing 15 beds, an office, and a therapy space. The Trust’s contractor, Costain, is due to clear the entire site of debris within a couple of weeks.

Until the new building is completed, the services provided by the former Yarborough Court have been relocated to a new building off the Outer Circle Road in Lincoln. The rehabilitation facility is expected to be open and fully operational by March 2012.

A first in the county

“This new development brings rehabilitation services for both men and women into the county for the first time,” said Ann Dodd, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s clinical lead for the project.

“Patients will be treated close to their family and friends and the community-based support services that they will need once discharged.

“The whole service is focused on working towards independence and recovery to enable service users to regain health and mental wellness before being able to move on and live as independently as possible when they are discharged from the service.”

Source: Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust [1] [2]