The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, officially opened the revamped £10.4 million Cross Lane Hospital today, describing it as “wonderful facility which can offer help and hope”.
The hospital, run by the Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, is the hub for mental health services in Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale.
Recent investment has led to an improved standard of accommodation for those who need to spend time in the facility, including a new specialist mental health unit for older people and extensive refurbishment of the adults’ inpatient unit.
Dr Neil Mayfield, deputy medical director, said: “The patient services at Cross Lane have been completely overhauled.
“All of the inpatient accommodation here has been designed from the perspective of the patient so it takes into account what is likely to be required when given psychiatric care.
“It’s about giving people a good quality of care in a high quality environment.
“As well as improving care for inpatients, we hope it will have a wider effect on viewing how mental health is perceived.”
The new unit for older people has 20 single, en-suite bedrooms and means more individualised care can be provided for people with different needs such as dementia or depression.
All the rooms in the refurbished adult unit are now en-suite and there is more therapeutic space including a large activity room and quiet rooms.
Dr Mayfield said: “We are very proud of the hospital and proud we have got a facility we can bring patients to when they need to have specialist care.”
Unveiling a plaque at the new-look hospital, Dr Sentamu said: “I pay tribute to all of you here who take on the challenging work of caring for the needs of people suffering with mental illness. You are clearly providing a wonderful service for those in this area who need it most.”
Work to redevelop the hospital began in early 2010.