Mental Health Hospital Development Plans

In 2009 we agreed to develop three new mental health hospitals for people living in Surrey and north east Hampshire. We completed the first of these at Farnham Road Hospital in Guildford in December 2015, a state-of-the-art hospital with therapeutic surroundings that aid recovery.

Following changes in mental health over the last few years, including significant investment in early intervention and more support services and treatment in or close to people’s homes, we are now considering whether two hospitals will meet local needs. In May 2016 we held three public workshops to ask people what was important to them regarding our second hospital. The workshop presentations are available to download and you can send your feedback to us.

In the meantime, and In recognition of the time it will take to achieve our second hospital, we have been considering what we can do now to improve the quality of our hospital facilities. Following a review of the Mid Surrey Assessment and Treatment Unit at Epsom General Hospital (Langley Wing), we concluded that the environment at our wards there, Delius and Elgar, no longer enabled us to provide the type of surroundings we want people to experience when we help them in their recovery. We felt the surroundings were not in line with our vision and values of creating respectful places and treating people well.

We therefore took the decision in late 2016 to consolidate Delius and Elgar wards with our hospital services at the Abraham Cowley Unit on the St Peter’s Hospital site in Chertsey. The wards relocated in early February 2017.

Read more about the relocation of Delius and Elgar wards

Read more about our plans for developing a second hospital

Read more about Farnham Road Hospital, the hospital we opened in December 2015