The £150million revamp of a South London hospital has been completed with the opening of another mental health facility.
The Shaftesbury building opened at Springfield University Hospital in Tooting last month and sits at the heart of a huge ongoing development.
The new building is home to forensic services for patients that need specialist mental health care. It has four inpatient wards, each with a lounge, dining room, recreational space and two gardens.
It also has corporate offices, artwork, a restaurant and a gym which will open in the coming months.
It follows the opening of the neighbouring Trinity building in December 2022, which also has four inpatient wards and provides a variety of mental health services to residents in Wandsworth, Richmond, Kingston, Merton and Sutton.
More than 700 patients and staff have now moved into the two new buildings.
The mental health facilities are part of the new Springfield Village development, which will include more than 800 new homes, shops, a public square and a 32-acre public park by 2026.
Vanessa Ford, chief executive of South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, said the hospital’s transformation is the start of a “new era for local mental health services” which aims to break stigma by bringing facilities closer to residents. She said the trust wants to build better environments for patients and staff.
Ms Ford added: “The new Shaftesbury building delivers bright, modern environments that improves inpatient care and supports recovery for people struggling with complex mental health issues.
“Along with Trinity and the wider Springfield Village, it symbolises just how much we can achieve through innovative co-design and co-production. We now look ahead to investing more than £120m to develop further new hospital buildings across South West London.”
Planned works include the trust’s £110m revamp of Tolworth Hospital in Kingston, which is set to start in 2024 for completion in 2027.
Works are also due to begin on the £11m redevelopment of Barnes Hospital in Richmond and are due to be finished in 2025.