Decision expected on mental health hospital
PLANS for a new mental health hospital in Southport will be decided next week.
Mersey Care wants to build the new facility on the site of the old Southport Infirmary, on the corner of Scarisbrick New Road and Curzon Road.
It would house 44 patients in en-suite beds and feature visiting spaces, consulting and treatment rooms, and an outdoor garden.
The new building would be built next to the Boothroyd Unit – which is the last standing building from the former hospital and currently in use as an acute assessment ward for over 65s with functional and organic mental health problems.
Once the new building is completed, staff and patients would move in from the old facility, which will then be demolished to make space for a car park.
The new facility would also take over the services of the Hesketh Centre on Albert Road.
The plans will be decided by Sefton Council’s planning committee at a meeting at Bootle Town Hall next Wednesday, July 5.
Sefton planning chiefs are urging councillors to grant the scheme although campaigners against the new hospital facility, who have secured 36 names on a petition, will speak against the plans at the meeting.