Find out about new hospi­tal on doorstep

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TWO road­shows will show­case South­port’s pro­posed new men­tal health hospi­tal start­ing this week in the run-up to World Men­tal Health Day.

Mersey Care NHS Foun­da­tion Trust is invit­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity to drop in to the events prior to con­struc­tion this au­tumn.

The trust, which pro­vides men­tal health ser­vices plus a range of com­mu­nity and other ser­vices through­out Sefton, Liver­pool and fur­ther afield, wants to share lat­est de­sign vi­su­als and up­date vis­i­tors at two pub­lic events.

They take place to­day, Thurs­day, October 5 and Wed­nes­day, October 11 from 9am to 7pm, and are be­ing held at Mersey Care’s new Life Rooms cen­tre in South­port, off Lord Street at 23 to 35 Scaris­brick Av­enue.

The road­shows fol­low Sefton Coun­cil’s ap­proval of plan­ning per­mis­sion for re­de­vel­op­ment of land which is owned by Mersey Care on the former South­port Gen­eral In­fir­mary site, off Scaris­brick New Road.

The new 44-bed hospi­tal will re­place the ex­ist­ing men­tal health unit on the site, the Boothroyd Unit, as well as the Hes­keth Cen­tre lo­cated near Hes­keth Park.

A Mersey Care NHS Foun­da­tion Trust spokesman said: “This is an op­por­tu­nity to drop in to see our dis­play and talk to staff work­ing on this pro­ject, in­clud­ing our con­struc­tion part­ners and de­sign team.

“We want to keep lo­cal res­i­dents liv­ing near the Boothroyd site in­formed so they are aware of con­struc­tion ar­range­ments to en­sure min­i­mum pos­si­ble lev­els of dis­rup­tion as site works get un­der way within com­ing months.’’

The spokesman con­tin­ued: “We hope our road­shows will help show how we seek to en­hance the care en­vi­ron­ment and re­place an un­sightly derelict va­cant plot and old hospi­tal build­ings with a bright, wel­com­ing and ther­a­peu­tic fa­cil­ity.

“This pro­ject pro­vides ma­jor in­vest­ment that will also have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lo­cal econ­omy.”

The planned men­tal health hospi­tal on land Mersey Care owns, on the former South­port Gen­eral In­fir­mary site, off Scaris­brick New Road

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