Planning permission granted for new mental health hospital in York. @TEWV

City of York Council has granted planning permission to the Trust for a new mental health hospital.

The new purpose-designed 72 bed hospital will be located off Haxby Road in York. It will provide two adult, single sex wards and two older people’s wards – one for people with dementia and one for people with mental health conditions such as psychosis, severe depression or anxiety.

Ruth Hill, TEWV’s director of operations for York and Selby, said “People across the Vale of York deserve to have access to the best possible mental health care and this includes having a state-of-the-art hospital.

“The Haxby Road site has the space and layout we need to build a purpose designed hospital, that will support 21st century care and I’m delighted that planning permission has been granted.

“Although we want to make sure that people can receive the care and treatment they need at home whenever possible, it’s also important that they are able to access a bed when they need one.

“For those people who are admitted to hospital, the quality of the environment is extremely important. At TEWV we have some of the best inpatient facilities in the country and we are committed to providing people in the Vale of York with a modern, state-of-the-art hospital.

“We worked closely with service users on the hospital design. We also listened to residents, sharing the plans at a number of exchange events in September before submitting them to City of York Council, to give local people the opportunity to share their views and to be part of the development process.”

Work will now continue to finalise plans for the new hospital, including purchasing the land. Work is planned to start in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2019.