Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Following World Mental Health Day, Richmond MPs Sarah Olney and Munira Wilson visited South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) to tour its services and learn more about the progress made developing new facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are set to open 12 months from now.
‘Springfield Village’ is currently under construction, as the Trust and its partners develop a new community in south west London. Overall, the development will see the delivery of over 800 new homes, a new 32-acre park, and two modern mental health facilities, providing the best environment for patients to recover.
As part of a wider programme of investment, the Trust is also progressing the regeneration of Tolworth Hospital in Kingston and Barnes Hospital in Richmond, with works on the development of a new mental health facility at the latter scheduled to commence next year.
Commenting on the visit, Ian Garlington, Integrated Programme Director for the Trust said, “It has been a pleasure to welcome our local MPs back to Springfield to help them learn about the transformative work happening across our Trust to deliver new facilities and environments for our community.”
“Our new buildings will be home to a range of services and will deliver care to people referred to our Trust from across south west London. Scheduled for completion in just 12 months’ time, these facilities represent years of planning and hard work, and input from not just our staff, but people across our communities through over 400 consultations.”
“As we look towards modernising other areas of our estate including Barnes Hospital in Richmond and Tolworth Hospital in Kingston, we are excited about the potential that Springfield Village has to transform how we deliver care”.
The tour involved a visit to some of the new residential units, as well as the Trust’s two new mental health facilities, Trinity and Shaftesbury Building. The group also visited the Trust’s National Deaf Service on Bluebell Ward, meeting staff and finding out more about the specialist care provided.
Vanessa Ford, Chief Executive of South West London and St George’s said, “Our Trust’s vision is to make life better together for people across our communities and the innovations we are bringing forward are central to this. We are committed in our role as an anchor institution, adding value beyond the services we provide in our communities.”
“In 2023 we will see the opening of the first part of a new 32-acre park for south west London , and in a year’s time we will be moving into our new facilities. I’m really proud of our Trust and the care that we provide and ultimately these new buildings will help further improve the lives of our patients, carers and anyone who comes into contact with or works in our services.”
“A huge thank you Sarah Olney and Munira Wilson for joining us this week to find out more about the developments happening at Springfield and engaging with our vision for local mental health services.”
Visits have also taken place or been arranged with Labour and Conservative MPs local to south west London
Find out more about Springfield Village here
Find out more about the Trust’s programme of investment and innovation here