Investing in our future
Through the Trust's Estate Modernisation Programme (EMP), we are making multimillion pound investments to deliver modern mental health facilities that provide outstanding new environments for our patients and service users.
EMP is one key part of the Trust's Integrated Programme which is investing in our services, people and our estate, providing new and refurbished facilities across Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth.
- Autumn 2022 - Delivery began in early December 2022 with the completion of the new Trinity building at Springfield Hospital - over 500 patients and staff have since moved in. The new Shaftesbury building follows in 2023. Together the new facilities are part of an exciting new landscape, 'Springfield Village' developing at our Trust's headquarters between now and 2026.
- Spring 2024 - Springfield's regeneration will be followed by the delivery of the new Barnes Hospital, with works due to begin on a new 1500m2 mental health facility in 2023 for delivery the following year.
- Summer 2026 - And finally, works on new mental health facilities at Tolworth Hospital in Kingston are scheduled to begin in 2023 for delivery in 2026.
This represents major innovation and investment in our local communities. By 2025 it will transform mental health services in south west London, supporting us to deliver on our Trust mission, 'Making Life Better Together'.
2022/23: Trinity, Shaftesbury and Springfield Village
In December 2022, works finished on the new Trintiy building at Springfield Hospital in Wandsworth!
Designed in partnership with NHS staff, patients and carers, Trinity is part of a £150m investment at Springfield that aims to breathe new life into local mental health services.
Construction began in January 2020 and continued throughout the pandemic, with contractors navigating the challenges successfully to complete construction on schedule.
As part of the innovative design, the facilities feature 20 world-class artworks created in partnership with arts and mental health charity Hospital Rooms – the first time an art project of this scale has been undertaken in the NHS.
Over 2022, leading artists hosted more than 120 workshops with the Trust’s service users, patients, carers and staff to help shape specially commissioned artworks, which are designed to transform how hospital wards are experienced by patients and service users.
30 teams including nearly 500 staff and patients are now moving into the Trinity building. The facility will be home to four wards and a variety of outpatient mental health services providing support to people across the boroughs of Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton, and Wandsworth.
Following this the new Shaftesbury building, which will be home to a range of the Trust's forensic services, will open in 2023.
Both buildings will sit at the heart of 'Springfield Village', a new stigma-breaking community including hundreds of new homes, a public square, shops and a new 32-acre park.
Find out more about the development of Springfield Village and the moves to our new facilities. More information about the development of Springfield Village from partners across the site can be found at Springfieldvillage.info
2024: Barnes Hospital and the former Richmond Royal
As part of the transformations happening across our outpatient and community services, we have been developing plans for the redevelopment of Barnes Hospital in the Borough of Richmond.
The vision at Barnes is a for a new mixed-use development comprising a mental healthcare facility, a school and residential housing.
In recent years have been working closely with patients, staff, community groups and our partners to progress this vision and develop the designs for our new healthcare facility.
Following final approvals, works are niw scheduled to begin late summer/early autumn 2023 for delivery in 2024. Outpatient services at Barnes relacted temporarily in April 2023 to our Livingston House facility in Teddington for the duration of thee construction phase.
Alongside this, works are progressing on the refurbishment of a new facility at the former site of Richmond Royal Hospital, which will be home to Richmond Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) from late 2023.
Find out more about the redevelopment of Barnes Hospital and our facility at Richmond Royal here
2026: Tolworth Hospital
The redevelopment of Tolworth Hospital represents the final stage of our ambitious programme to transform mental health services in South West London.
A number of buildings at the centre of our site are unsuitable for modern mental healthcare and have been out of use for several years.
Our vision is for a new centre of excellence for inpatient care at Tolworth to stand alongside the first-class facilities developed at Springfield.
We are progressing proposals to deliver facilities to provide accommodation for a number of existing ward here for delivery in 2026.
Our aim is to begin works in late 2023 with timings depending upon final approvals.
Find more information on our journey to redevelop Tolworth Hospital here
To find out more information on our plans to transform mental health services, please contact us at Estatemodernisation@swlstg.nhs.uk
We are working to ensure more people can be cared for in the community closer to their family, friends and support networks. That’s why, for those adults who have a more serious mental illness, we are transforming our community services and working with local charities, voluntary organisations and partners to offer a wider range of care, advice and support earlier on.
This includes new models of community care that are being rolled out across Sutton, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth by 2024/25.
Find more information here.
Support is built around individuals, and includes a range of:
- Therapies and treatment
- Emotional and practical support from peer support workers who have lived experience of mental health difficulties
- Health and wellbeing support for housing, employment, finances and social welfare
- Help with medications
- Support to maintain good physical health
- Advice for carers
Working in this way is key to ensuring we care for people in the appropriate setting, however, some people will require intensive care in an inpatient setting.
As a result of the estates transformations described above, and in line with the expansion of our community mental health services, the bed base across our Trust is being modernised, while retaining broadly the same bed numbers.
We have surge beds which are used in times of high demand and specialist accessible rooms which means that our bed base varies. We started the process of transforming our estates with a base of 370-375 beds and plan to maintain this position. We began with 374 beds and currently plan to finish in 2026 with 372 beds. Given current pressures, and subject to approval, we are working to consider whether additional ward and bed space can be created.
We also continue to work closely with partners across our local healthcare system to plan and manage our bed base and support patient flow through our services as appropriate.