Lancashire mental health hospital plan shelved

A review of mental health services in Lancashire has led to hospital bosses axing plans for a new £35m hospital in Hapton. NHS East Lancashire was planning the development as part of the Burnley Bridge scheme. But, under new plans for inpatient services, the trust has instead decided to redevelop part of the Royal Blackburn Hospital to accommodate 72 inpatient mental health beds. This means the new hospital plan has been shelved. Instead, to further increase capacity in the region, a new facility with 154 beds will be built at Whyndyke Farm near Blackpool, with two other 18-bed sites in Lancaster and central Lancashire.

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