Greater Manchester’s new £105m mental health development finally gets a name

On the 74th anniversary of the NHS, the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) has officially unveiled the name of its new £105.9million adult inpatient unit.

The name North view was established following a consultation with staff, service users and stakeholders, which gathered hundreds of suggestions.

Construction of the new build is due to start in August, with the new unit expected to be operational by 2024. The central government will provide £91.3m in funding for the project, while the remaining £14.6m will be put in place by GMMH.

Neil Thwaite, Managing Director of GMMH, said: “In deciding on a name for the new development, we wanted to choose something that would stand the test of time and celebrate our location in North Manchester. The name conveys a strong sense of place and was inspired by Lemn Sissay’s poem “Anthem of the North”, whose imagery resonates with our ethos of care, resilience, hope and growth.​

“We look forward to moving into the new North View development. Not only does a modern therapy environment help us improve the quality of specialist inpatient mental health care, but the design of the unit has been carefully thought out to improve what we do.

“The 150 beds are in single rooms with en-suite bedrooms. There are indoor and outdoor amenities and activity areas with multiple outdoor garden spaces, art space, meeting spaces and a cafe for all to enjoy.

The new development is part of a new hospital program which aims to create a “new sustainable health campus” at North Manchester General Hospital. It’s all part of the vision to help improve the health and well-being of the local community over the next 10 to 15 years.

Marc Reed, Associate Director of Capital, Estates and Facilities for GMMH, said: “Today’s announcement is an important milestone as we move towards construction of the new Mental Health Inpatient Unit. . We will now undertake work to develop branding to support the name of the North View building and provide a specific identity for the project.

“We’ve all waited a very long time for this tailored mental health inpatient unit and we’re really excited about what this transformation will mean for adults with mental health issues in Manchester.”

The government formally approved the full business case for the project in November 2021, which will support the Prime Minister’s ambition to upgrade 20 hospitals.

The Prime Minister’s commitment will be backed by £850m of funding, specifically earmarked for updating facilities and equipment, improving patient care and saving more lives.

North View will replace the current Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Park House.

Click on here for more information on the new development.

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