24/7 Assessment and treatment facilities project

We are investing in our hospitals to enable us to provide more personalised care in respectful and supportive environments that aid recovery.

Our plan is to:

  • Create respectful places
  • Ensure 24-hour assessment and treatment for all
  • Provide person-centred care based on the needs of each individual
  • Improve staff satisfaction
  • Integrate services to ensure access for all and to reduce stigma.

The development of the new hospital on the Farnham Road Hospital site is part of the wider 24/7 Assessment and Treatment Programme. This is a major investment initiative to enable us to provide the latest models of care in hospital environments that are therapeutic and aid recovery.

Three locations were identified as the sites for our new hospitals: Guildford, Chertsey and Redhill, following extensive consultation with stakeholders in 2008-09.

Farnham Road Hospital is the first of the new hospitals to be realised and the facility will provide wards for adult working age adult mental health services, co-located with the older adult mental health wards and community mental health and drug and alcohol services currently located on this site.

Following planning application approval for the new hospital at Farnham Road in December 2010 various projects have been completed on the site to prepare for the development including the closure of the Noel Lavin Unit and refurbishment of buildings that will be kept for community services. 

Road to approval

We have been developing plans to improve the quality of our 24/7 assessment and treatment facilities since we were formed in 2005. Our work builds on the work of our founder organisations to develop purpose-designed facilities.

A full business case was put before the Regional Health Authority in 1999 but unfortunately they were preparing to be dissolved in 2000 and were no longer in a position to provide the previously agreed funding.

Since 2000 we have tried to get support from the various changing NHS commissioners (Primary Care Groups, Primary Care Trusts and Strategic Health Authorities). They were all supportive but were not in a position to fund the development.

When we became a Foundation Trust in 2008 we achieved the ability to fund the development through our own capital.

In July 2013, our Trust Board was in a position to approve the full business case for the development.

Keeping it current

We have updated our plans as we have gone along to reflect the changes in people’s expectations for a modern mental health service and to reflect the changes we have made to our services over the years. This includes the significant redesign of older adults services since 2009 and our success at managing complex mental health problems in the community that has reduced the demand for adult inpatient beds for assessment and treatment.