Inpatient Services for Central Lancashire 

Major re-development and expansion of vacant space at Chorley Hospital will provide a mental health inpatient service for Central Lancashire.

Ward accommodation previously used by the Trust will be transformed to provide 30 beds for adults (15 male and 15 female) and 6 psychiatric intensive care beds for females. The re-development will also see the creation of visiting facilities, therapy areas and access to garden space from the ward areas. Click here to see a masterplan of the site

Alongside the inpatient service, the Trust is also working on plans to provide a specialist mother and baby unit. The perinatal unit will be one of only four new specialist services in the country and will provide 8 beds and a community service for women from across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

It is planned that both of these services will open during 2018.

In West Lancashire, the Trust currently provides inpatient service for adults on the Scarisbrick Unit at Ormskirk Hospital. This provision will remain in place for West Lancashire unless an alternative option comes forward in the future.

The decision to provide the mental health inpatient service for Central Lancashire from Chorley was reached following an options appraisal by the Trust and its commissioners. This took into consideration previous consultation and engagement, the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Lancashire and South Cumbria and the requirement to make the best use of resources. The Trust was also required to ensure that the new perinatal service sat alongside acute mental health inpatient services and maternity services; re-developing the Chorley site meant that these criteria could be met.  

The Model of Care

The Trust and commissioners have always been clear that the future model of care will be community based, supported with a pan-Lancashire network of beds.

Inpatient services are important and necessary for those people who are not well enough to be supported in the community and it is important to highlight that this is a small minority of the whole population and the majority of people can be supported by community teams. The Trust has an extensive range of services to support people with mental health problems in the community. Please visit our directory of services to see what is available in your area.

The focus for the future is on keeping people well in the first place and further building resilient community services that are able to support people outside of hospital as far as possible.  This is a sustainable model of care and also enables people to stay well, recover faster and achieve better outcomes than they would after a prolonged stay in hospital. More developments are planned to support this model of care.

Useful Resources

Mental Health Developments in Lancashire - The Journey So Far (Infographic)

Map of mental health provision in Lancashire

Updated August 2017

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