At last! Hull's new £7.8m mental health unit for young people in Hull gets go ahead
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Jul 2018
The final go-ahead has been given for a new £7.8m in-patient mental health unit for young people to be built in Hull.
Construction on the site in Walker Street on the city's Thornton estate is expected to start within weeks.
The long-awaited funding announcement by the government comes after months of lobbying by Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy and Hull Live's Kids in Crisis Campaign.
It was confirmed after plans for the unit by the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust were signed off as being sound and value for money.
Trust chief executive Michelle Moran said: "In a week in which the country is celebrating seven decades of the NHS, the department of health's decision to give us the money is the best birthday present we could have had.
Humber NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Michele Moran
"It’s fantastic to finally be in a position to build a facility that our young people and their families have been demanding for so long and which we all know will make such a hugely positive difference to their health.
"It’s all systems go now and is a very exciting time for the trust."
The first phase of development will involve trust contractors preparing the site by demolishing a redundant part of an existing children’s centre.
The remainder of the building will be refurbished to provide community and therapy services for children and young people in Hull, the East Riding and the South Bank.
Work will then begin on the inpatient unit which will be equipped and staffed to treat young people struggling with a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, severe anxiety, psychoses and eating disorders.
The facility will focus on developing an environment that will keep young people safe and support their recovery.
Emma Hardy MP
Already approved by the city council's planning committee, the new unit will have its own school, gym, sensory room, indoor and outdoor recreational space and specially designed area for families to visit.
Providing construction goes without a hitch, the Trust expects the unit to open by early autumn next year.
Ms Hardy said: "I think I speak for everyone when I say that it has certainly taken the government long enough.
"I would like to thank everyone at the trust for the hard work that they have done in putting the case together.
"The biggest thanks though should go to the parents and children who raised their stories at the beginning of the campaign to highlight the problem, without them we never would have been able to achieve this.
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"While I may have been the one lobbying ministers on countless occasions in Parliament, I was speaking with their voice and for them."
As part of the development, the trust will move from its current headquarters in Victoria House in Park Street which was recently put up for sale.
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