20 February 2015, North

Revolutionary mental health unit opens in Merseyside

The new revolutionary mental health hospital – Clock View Hospital - has officially opened to the public.

The £25m project has transformed part of the previously derelict Walton Hospital site on Rice Lane into a state of the art, 80+ bed residential facility that will provide short term inpatient care in a modern, therapeutic environment.

Clock View has been developed by Liverpool & Sefton Partnership Limited in partnership with Merseyside Care NHS Trust, under the Mersey Care TIME (To Improve Mental Health Environments) Project and is the first mental health facility to be built on Merseyside in 25 years.

Flagship example of mental health provision

Clock View is a flagship service that will help set new standards of mental health care and is a modern-day beacon that will help tackle the stigma associated with mental ill-health.

Mersey Care, who will run the facility, have said they wanted to offer their patients more privacy and dignity during their time in their care.

Spread across five wards, each of the 80+ beds will have their own en-suite bathroom and the facility also offers a safe inner garden courtyard and activity areas. 

Clock View will treat those with dementia, depression and anxiety from the north Liverpool, south Sefton and Kirkby areas, and will also house the city’s new psychiatric intensive care unit for those in need of most urgent inpatient care.  The hospital will employ around 200 staff.

New vision for improved standards of care

Mike Chambers, CHP Area Director, said: “Clock View is a leading example of what the future of mental health care needs to look like. 

"It is great to see long-term investment being made into such facilities and we are proud to be part of a vision that sees a new standard in mental health care being set that provides the very best in-patient care and promotes well-being.”

The hospital is named after the clock tower buildings which overlook the site and opened as a workhouse in 1868, before later becoming part of a hospital in 1935. 

Clock View will become fully operational by March.