We have exciting plans to build a best-in-class acute inpatient facility on the Lynfield Mount Hospital site. The phased development will replace the existing central building, to create a modern, safe, therapeutic and inclusive patient environment.
The plans, that have been co-created with staff, service users, families and stakeholders, will see a phased development of the facility that will serve communities across Bradford and Craven, working alongside Airedale Centre for Mental Health.
We’re now waiting to hear if we’ve been selected for national government funding that we need to enable the development work.
What the new facility will offer
The new facility will provide a bright welcoming reception area, more therapeutic spaces, wards with safer bed numbers and all with en-suite bedrooms.
Safe outdoor garden spaces and recreational areas will support patient recovery and wellbeing, with additional areas for community use.
The proposed £90 million redevelopment will achieve the NHS net-zero carbon standards and wider economic benefits. These include investments in local training, skills and suppliers, whilst reducing out-of-area bed placements and the high maintenance costs for the current site.
Why it needs to change
Lynfield’s central building was developed in the 1960s, with a 1950s design.
It reflects the institutionalised and restrictive mental health care that none of us would recognise today. Wards are up to 25 beds, there are no en-suite facilities and ward layouts mean that staff cannot observe all areas. There is very little recreational space and despite efforts to reduce carbon emissions, they are still very high.
Critically, the building does not support patient recovery and wellbeing.
Our regulator the Care Quality Commission stated the building is ‘not fit for purpose’ and as one patient said ‘it was individuals (staff) rather than the place itself’ that supported their recovery.
We’re in the running to be one of just eight new hospital buildings in England to get national investment as part of the government’s new hospitals’ programme. A final decision is expected later this year.