THE opening of a new £50million mental health centre on Wearside has been delayed.
Hopewood Park in Ryhope, which is replacing the former Ryhope General and Cherry Knowle hospitals, is now expected to open in early September rather than later this month as was planned.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust’s (NTW) is awaiting final approval from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which is necessary before the site becomes fully operational.
The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care in England and has responsibility for making sure new buildings are up to specification.
Gary O’Hare, executive director of nursing and operations at NTW, said: “Our staff are busy making sure that everything is in place when we welcome our first patients to Hopewood Park in September. Around 800 people came along to our Hopewood Park open days, and I hope they came away with a positive impression of their new hospital.”
The hospital will include six wards with 18 rooms for urgent care assessment and treatment of patients who are suffering from mental health problems.
It will also look after patients who have complex needs and require rehabilitation services and will feature a psychiatric intensive care unit.
The existing 15-bed Meadow View unit on the site will be retained and will provide a “moving on” service for those coming to the end of their treatment.