HSIS to Support Development of New Mother and Baby Unit

HSIS is in the design and delivery stages of a scheme to provide accommodation to support a major new specialist inpatient facility at Chorley & District General Hospital on behalf of Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS England selected Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust as a preferred service provider to run one of four new mother and baby units (MBU) in the country. The unit will provide care for women experiencing mental health problems or who may be at high risk of becoming mentally unwell during the maternity, childbirth or early stages of parenthood. This NHS service is better known as Perinatal Care. These facilities provide specialist inpatient care for mothers experiencing mental health problems but with the environment designed so they can receive treatment whilst allowing their relationships with their babies to develop and time to recover from giving birth.

The suites are staffed by multidisciplinary teams specialising in psychiatry, nursing and nursery care.

Lisa Moorhouse, Head of Operations for Mental Health at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are really pleased to have been selected as one of four providers in the country and excited to be a key part in transforming perinatal mental healthcare.

“Perinatal mental illnesses are a major public health issue with between 10 and 20% of women developing a mental illness during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby. With this in mind it is extremely important that people have access to these specialist perinatal, mother and baby units.

“Our priority is to provide the right care, at the right time, every time and with this facility in Lancashire we are ensuring that women who are at risk of, or suffering from, perinatal mental illnesses are given appropriate support at the earliest opportunity.”

The existing building facades will be refurbished to include a new feature garden to the front of the building. Internally the existing facility will undergo a complete refurbishment. The unit will provide eight bedrooms with en-suites, communal dining and day space areas, sensory and quite rooms along with a separate nursery.

The perinatal facility is the second of two major schemes that HSIS is project managing within the Chorley Hospital site. The first scheme is the provision of new mental health inpatient facilities for 15 male, 15 female and an eight bed female PICU unit.

Barry Cleminson, HSIS Project Manager, said: “We’re really looking forward to providing these two facilities on the Chorley site and are especially excited about being part of the delivery of this new environment to support the perinatal service coming to Lancashire”

Steve Jameson, HSIS  Property Services Director, advised: “These are exciting times for both Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Healthcare Support & Infrastructure Services. We are delighted to be working in partnership to deliver these much needed specialist care units”

Works are due to commence towards the end of 2017 within the existing hospital site. Major refurbishments works are required to provide the new facility which is scheduled to be fully operational towards the end of summer 2018 with the mobilisation of the Community Outreach service from April 2018.