Planning for redevelopment work to begin at the St Pancras Hospital site

Redevelopment of the St Pancras Hospital site is a significant part of the programme to modernise our estate, and transform mental health services for the people in our boroughs.

We have already shared that the first phase of service moves at St Pancras will include vacating the Camley, Bloomsbury and Jules Thorn buildings by the end of the year to allow redevelopment work to begin.

Our work is ongoing to try and re-house as many of our services located in these buildings, elsewhere on the St Pancras Hospital site, for instance South Wing. This is until our new St Pancras community mental health building is complete in 2026.

Work on South Wing and North Wing comes much later in the programme so the services based in these buildings are unlikely to be affected until 2026.

The intention was to move all mental health inpatient beds from St Pancras once our new Highgate hospital is complete in 2023. However, to allow the wider scheme for the St Pancras site to progress, we will need to move beds from the Ash House building, which accommodates two rehabilitation wards, Montague and Sutherland, by January 2023.

This means that the two wards will need to make an addition temporary move, for a period of approximately ten months, between January and October 2023, until our new Highgate inpatient campus is complete.

Finding a suitable, temporary location in London for inpatient beds is a significant challenge. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find space within the NHS estate that was suitable and available in time. Given this, we will be temporarily utilising private sector beds, and space at our Highgate Mental Health Centre (Highgate West) to ensure we maintain our bed capacity and safe, high quality care for our service users.

Private sector beds are subject to the same regulatory scrutiny by the Care Quality Commission as NHS beds.

We have worked closely with our clinicians to agree these steps and will continue discussions with our staff, service users and carers to ensure robust support measures are in place for this temporary solution. For example, we know that contact with families and visiting is important, and we will ensure there is a fair process in place to reimburse travel costs for carers visiting relatives at the private facilities.

No beds will be lost through this temporary measure and our own hospitals at Highgate will become the permanent homes for all our inpatient beds, later next year. Read the full June update here.

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