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.

Relocation of Delius & Elgar Wards

After a review of Langley Wing at Epsom General Hospital in late 2016, we concluded that the environment at our wards there, Delius and Elgar wards, 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 gave a great deal of consideration to renovating Delius and Elgar wards. However, due to the high cost and lengthy timescale for completing this work, we felt that a temporary relocation is the most sensible solution until the development of our second mental health hospital is complete.

The Abraham Cowley Unit is a standalone unit that we run and have sole use of, where we feel we are more able to create an environment that promotes dignity and respect. People on the wards at the Abraham Cowley Unit have easy and safe access to a full range of therapy activities and recreational spaces including a therapy kitchen, gym, skills workshop, craft room, café and pleasant outdoor space.

We currently have one adult mental health ward there: Blake ward. Two more wards - Clare and Anderson - are now available following the opening of Farnham Road Hospital; it is these that the relocated wards occupy. Anderson ward is our female-only ward with 13 beds and Clare ward is our male-only ward with 16 beds.

The wards relocated in early February 2017.

Download our information sheet about the relocation

Plans for Developing our 2nd Hospital

In May 2016 we held three public workshops in Chertsey, Cobham and Redhill to talk to people about our next mental health hospital development for people in Surrey. At these events stakeholders and members of the public shared their views which we are using to shape what will be included in a full public consultation in 2017.

Following a presentation by our Co-Medical Director, Justin Wilson, participants were asked, ‘What requirements would a really good new mental health hospital have?’ This question generated lots of discussion and lots of ideas which participants added into the MeetingSphere application that we used to collate feedback during each event. These themes arising from the points made varied between each workshop but included:

  • Access to services
  • Accessibility/location/transport
  • Additional activities for people in hospital
  • Engaging people who use our services in design
  • Facilities/physical environment
  • Joint working: seamless interface with other services
  • Staff/clinical culture
  • Safety and security

You can read the presentation given at the workshops and the comments made at these events by opening the documents below:

  • New mental health hospital workshop presentation
  • Feedback from people who attended our workshop at Chertsey Hall, Tuesday 17 May
  • Feedback from people who attended our workshop at The Cobham Curve, Tuesday 24 May
  • Feedback from people who attended our workshop at Redhill Methodist Church, Friday 27 May

Next steps

We are currently carrying out feasibility studies that will provide some possible sites for the new hospital and are keeping in touch with our local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups to make sure they're up to date with our plans.

Farnham Road Hospital

Farnham Rd Hospital.jpgFarnham Road Hospital opened in Guildford in December 2015. It is the first of three hospitals we agreed to open following a consultation with the public about our hospitals in 2009.

The hospital was carefully designed to provide personalised care in a respectful and supportive environment to aid recovery. it includes:

  • four wards for adults, all with single bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms to provide people with more privacy and dignity
  • therapeutic and recreational areas including art and craft rooms, multi-purpose spaces for exercise groups or drama therapy and a fitness room
  • private, safe gardens and outside spaces directly accessible from each ward
  • public areas including gardens and café for everyone to enjoy
  • facilities for people who are brought in by police in need of a place of safety (Section 136)
  • a base for our Home Treatment Team who provide intensive support to enable people to be independent within their home environment when they first leave hospital or possibly to prevent a stay in hospital.

A number of old, outdated buildings were demolished to make way for the new hospital. The new building is linked to the original, listed Victorian building through a glazed pedestrian walkway. The main entrance is accessed via Bray Road, which is also the access road to and from the car park.

Other services also located on the Farnham Road Hospital site include:


24/7 Assessment & 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.