Construction of a new multi-million pound mental health inpatient unit for young people from Hull, the East Riding and North and North-East Lincolnshire will begin within weeks after the Government approved the money to pay for it.

The green light to begin building the unit in Walker Street, Hull, came today (5 July 2018) when the Department for Health and Social Care approved the £7.8 million of funding after concluding that Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust’s plans were sound and value for money.

The funding approval, which has come after months of lobbying by MP Emma Hardy, whose Hull West and Hessle constituency will house the unit, has delighted Trust Chief Executive Michele Moran.

In a week in which the country is celebrating seven decades of the NHS, the Department’s decision to give us the money is the best birthday present we could have had. 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 the existing children’s centre, the remainder of which will be refurbished to provide community and therapy services for children and young people.

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.

Approved by planners from Hull City Council, the facility will focus on developing an environment that will keep young people safe and support their recovery.

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.

Its team will work with the local community and organisations that support young people’s mental health to provide care which is expected to reduce out-of-area placements, cut the lengths of inpatient stays and lead to better outcomes for patients.