July 30, 2008

Pounds 74m Health Unit on Its Way

A STONE cutting ceremony officially marked the beginning of construction of a new Teesside hospital.

Roseberry Park in Middlesbrough is a pounds 74m development just down the road from James Cook University Hospital.

Opening in 2010, it will provide specialist mental healthcare and be a centre of excellence for disability services.

The hospital will have 312 beds as well as outpatient clinics.

Chief executive of the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust Martin Barkley cut the stone, along with the Trust's chairman Jo Turnbull.

The Trust attracted vital funds for the building from private companies, speeding up construction to ensure the hospital is ready to receive patients on time.

Speaking to assembled workers and project managers, Mr Barkley congratulated everyone for getting the project off the ground.

He said: "I am delighted that work has started on this magnificent new mental health hospital.

"Health services planning can be fraught, but everyone involved here has the tenacity and determination to make the project work.

"I'm looking forward to the key handover ceremony in 18 months time."

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