Public consultation - inpatient mental health services in south west London
In 2014 a public consultation took place on the future locations of mental health inpatient facilities for the Kingston, Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Wandsworth areas. This included looking into a range of specialist mental-health inpatient services to serve a wider catchment area.
Feedback from the public consultation was used to make the clinical case for a change and the modernisation of mental health facilities in south west London.
New facilities for future care
Our new facilities will transform mental health services in south west London and create two state-of-the-art centres of excellence for mental health services in Springfield University Hospital and Tolworth hospital. Vulnerable people in the area will have access to some of the best services in the country.
The two centres will be wholly paid for with a £160million investment from the sale of surplus land on the current Springfield University Hospital site.
Some of the proposed improvements include:
Keeping adult deaf services on the Springfield site.
A Clinical Commissioning Group CCG commitment to increasing overall mental health spending by £20million to £157.2million over the next five years.
Working with patients and families via two travel steering groups to improve travel plans and access.
Improving facilities for families and carers by providing visitor rooms on every ward and overnight accommodation at Tolworth for people visiting children.
Adding in flexibility around bed numbers with contingency for a seventh adult mental health ward.
Ensuring excellent education provision is in place prior to the opening of children's inpatients services in Tolworth.
Working on plans to use part of Barnes Hospital for outpatient clinical services.
Springfield Hospital redevelopment - frequently asked questions
What are your proposals for Springfield University Hospital?
We want to redevelop the Springfield University Hospital site into a modern centre of excellence for the delivery of expert mental health care. The hospital will also become a community hub, with the development of housing and community spaces. The overall programme involves a multi-million pound investment.
Where has the money come from for this redevelopment?
The redevelopment is mainly funded through the sale of surplus land no longer required for NHS use.
Why do we need to redevelop Springfield University Hospital, is there a need?
The development of state of the art mental health facilities are crucial in ensuring people with mental health issues are treated the same as those people with physical health issues. We need to look again at our mental health inpatient facilities.
We are still delivering some mental health services using buildings which are 150 years old which means the Trust has less to spend on front line services and jobs. We have an opportunity to modernise these services and to replace our old and unsuitable accommodation. The new facilities would meet the latest and best standards for mental health care as suggested by the Care Quality Commission (the NHS regulator).
Has planning permission for Springfield University Hospital been granted?
We have had planning permission for Springfield University Hospital since 2012. The Trust has outline planning permission for 839 residential dwellings and up to 25,000 sq. m of replacement mental health facilities on the Springfield University Hospital site.
What is the first phase of the development?
The first phase of this development involves a parcel of land next to Hebdon Road, formerly the Corner House Building, on the Springfield University Hospital site. This has been sold to Bellway Homes. Construction is taking place now. Following this, the next stage should start construction in 2018, depending on whether our estate proposals need approval from NHS Improvement and Central Government.
How have service users and staff been involved in this work?
Many patients and staff have been involved in contributing towards designs and outline plans for the new hospitals. This process will continue so that our new facilities are built in conjunction with the people who are using them. The next stage of engagement will take place towards the end of September and more information can be found on our website events calendar.
What will the benefits be for the community overall?
The new hospital will be a vast improvement to NHS mental health inpatient services in the area. The development will also provide a high quality public area, including green space as well as pedestrian and cycle paths which will link the hospital with the wider community. The new buildings will be of the highest quality, with better safety and security for service users. There will also be a significant amount of new housing on the site, approximately 839 residential dwellings, including affordable housing.
Building a centre of excellence for impatient mental health care at Springfield University Hospital will help attract the best healthcare staff available as they will be working in the highest quality surroundings and within a first-class environment.
What will the impact be on the hospital during the redevelopment?
We want to be a good neighbour and will keep disruption to a minimum. As part of our outline planning permission, there are a number of conditions and obligations we will stick to, including submitting a Construction Management Plan. This plan states that the majority of construction traffic for the Springfield project would come to the site via the Burntwood Lane entrance.
Phase One: Hebdon Road
The first phase of development at Springfield University Hospital is a residential development comprising of 26 new homes.
Bellway Homes, the site developer, have begun to prepare the site and construction is scheduled to be completed in Autumn 2017.
All 26 properties will be terraced houses of two to three storeys in height, with those nearest Hebdon Road a similar size to the existing houses. There will be eight two-bedroom properties, and eighteen four-bedroom homes. The homes will have front and back gardens to provide privacy buffers and to contribute to the quality of the public space.
This phase is carefully designed to fit with the wider site masterplan and meet the requirements of the heritage landscape at Springfield.
- The planning application for this phase is available to view on Wandsworth Council's planning website:
- Reserved Matters application - reference number 2014/6584
- Variation of Condition application - reference number 2014/6585
- Condition application - reference number 2014/6586
We are working hard with the site developer, Bellway Homes, to reduce the impact of disruption and noise during this development work for our neighbours, patients and staff. Some of our commitments are:
- Reducing vehicle trips by keeping as much spoil material as possible on site
- Providing a space to store building materials and equipment which would otherwise have to be brough to the site daily
- Registering the site with the Considerate Constructor Scheme
- Providing regular progress updates in partnership with Bellway Homes
- Ensuring the site is kept tidy
Bellway Homes is also required by Wandsworth Council to comply with a strict travel plan. This includes the movement of construction vehicles to enter and exit the site via the larger entrance at Burntwood Lane (as access via Glenburnie Road would mean these vehicles navigating through some narrow residential streets).
To view the most frequently asked questions please read more.
For information relating specifically to the phase one construction, you can contact Bellway Homes' site manager Eddie Matthews on 07794 250 041 or 01737 644 911.
If you have any other questions or comments contact us on email@example.com.