A NEW £50million hospital on Wearside is set to open and welcome its first patients this Monday.
The opening of Hopewood Park, which has been built on the site of Cherry Knowle hospital, in Ryhope, was set to open last month.
However, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust’s (NTW), which will operate the facility, had to wait for final approval from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
That has now been granted.
NTW chief executive, John Lawlor, said of the news: “Our mental health and disability trust serves a population of 1.4million and about 97 per cent of the people we care for are looked after in their own communities, in their own homes.
“A small number of our patients require time in hospital, as inpatients, and Hopewood Park represents a state-of-the-art environment, which will improve the inpatient care we can provide.
“It is an environment which is light and airy, which will give patients a safe, welcoming home where they can receive treatment and look forward with hope.
“When talking about health care it is easy to focus on ‘million-pound’ this and ‘cutting edge’that, but strip all of that away and you are left with the real strength of our service – our amazing staff.
“Their professionalism and dedication deserve to be recognised and Hopewood Park is a reflection of that caring outlook.”