21 Feb 2012
Planning approval requested for proposed St Bernard’s’ redevelopment
Modernisation of the St Bernard’s Hospital site moved a step closer this week when West London Mental Health NHS Trust submitted a planning application for the project to Ealing Council. The application requests permission to construct a new 80 bed medium secure unit (MSU) on the existing John Conolly Wing site. These proposals will allow the Trust to secure the future of local mental health services, whilst meeting national and local commissioners’ standards by transferring medium secure patients into fit for purpose accommodation, by March 2015.
Planning application submission follows positive resident and local stakeholder feedback, received after plans went on public display in November and December 2011. Over 80% of respondents supported the Trust’s proposals for improvement. Following a full options appraisal in January 2012, the Trust Board requested that further work be carried out on this option, which represents the best value for money and the greatest benefits for patients, staff and local people.
Vickie Holcroft, Programme Manager said: “Medium secure services have been provided at this site since 1986, if we are to continue the essential treatment and rehabilitation of these patients we must upgrade the St Bernard’s site, doing nothing is no longer an option. Having assessed all the possibilities available, it is clear that a new MSU will not only be the most suitable long term solution, but will also allow us to make the best use of our resources, whilst securing the future of many local jobs.”
If plans for the new MSU go ahead, they will create a single male medium secure campus at the south east corner of the site, whilst leaving the flexibility to develop the remainder of the land, if necessary, in line with patient and service need.
West London Mental Health NHS Trust is expecting a planning decision in May 2012. In the meantime work continues to develop an Outline Business Case (OBC) for the project, which will be presented to the Board in March 2012. Once approved, this document will then be submitted to the strategic health authority (NHS London) and the Department of Health.
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Notes to Editors:
West London Mental Health NHS Trust submitted its planning for the construction of a new medium secure unit to Ealing Council on Monday 20 February 2012.
A public engagement exercise to gather local peoples’ views about the proposed redevelopment of the St Bernard’s site ran from Thursday 17 November 2011 until Friday 30 December 2011.
Of the four options put forward for the site’s redevelopment, the Board has requested that option 3 be further developed:
- Option 1 – reconfiguration of John Conolly Wing (JCW)
- Option 2 – reconfiguration and extension of the Orchard
- Option 3 – construct new medium secure unit (MSU) on JCW site
- Option 4 – construct MSU in centre of site
The Outline Business Case (OBC) for this project will be presented at the March Board meeting. This meeting will be held on Wednesday 28 March 2012:
West London Mental Health NHS Trust
Information about the proposed redevelopment of the St Bernard’s site are available on the Trust’s website at http://wlmht.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ID12015-002-St-Bernards-Exhibition-Panels_FINAL-WEBSITE_6.pdf
West London Mental Health NHS Trust is one of the largest mental health trusts in the country. It provides a full range of mental health services for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, in addition to specialist and forensic mental health services, including high secure services at Broadmoor Hospital. It aims to meet the diverse needs of a local population of nearly 700,000 people and employs around 4,300 staff across 32 sites.