What’s happening on the St Bernard’s site?
Over the last few years, the St Bernard’s Hospital has been undergoing a major redevelopment. This will result in modern, well-constructed buildings, designed to support the high quality care we provide today with flexibility to meet the needs of our services in the future.
In addition, we will be stepping up the transformation work we began a few years ago. To help us achieve this, we’ll be working with all stakeholders to look at the way local services are currently offered and discussing what alterations can be made to ensure these are being provided in the most effective way possible, as well as assessing what patient improvements can be introduced to make the best use of our resources.
Why are we redeveloping the site?
As well as our drive to continuously improve the services we offer, one of the main reasons for the proposed redevelopment of St Bernard’s is to upgrade the sites infrastructure, providing fit for purpose accommodation for all medium secure service users by the end of 2016.
What’s happened so far?
In April 2012, the chief executive’s report announced that the trust board had agreed to the construction of an 80 bed medium secure unit (MSU) on the south-east corner of the St Bernard’s site.
November 2012 saw the trust board approve the full business case for this project, which was then approved by the DH in December 2013; this meant MSU construction work could begin. However, in preparation various changes were carried out prior to this at the site. These included the refurbishment of B-Block, now named Wolsey Wing, rehabilitation services relocating to commercial premises in west Ealing, and Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) transferring to renovated accommodation in Hammersmith.
Then, in February 2016, Thames Lodge, our brand new medium secure unit, was completed with service users and staff moving in straightaway.
To help fund these improvements, some of the land and buildings we no longer use for the provision of NHS care have been sold off with the money being reinvested back into our services. Find out more.