New hospital marks mining past

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A NEW mental health hospital currently under construction will have buildings and wards named after local coalmines to commemorate the borough’s past.

The 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust decided to use the names at Atherleigh Park in Leigh to remember the area’s rich mining history after a call for suggestions to residents, service users and staff.

The Trust is investing £40m in the 3.9-hectare development currently under development off Atherleigh Way at the former Leigh East amateur rugby league ground.

The buildings and units will be named after well-known colliery sites including Bickershaw, Parsonage, Hearts o’th’Meadow and Sovereign, while the cafe will be known as The Leigh Baker.

The facility will be split into two separate buildings providing in-patient services for adults suffering from mental ill health as well as patients with dementia and memory conditions.

5 Boroughs chief executive Simon Barber said: “Given its location in the heart of the Leigh West community, Atherleigh Park will also act as a community hub, providing space for use by other mental health and related community service providers including charities, voluntary groups and housing organisations.

“As such, we feel it’s important to reflect and respect local history and heritage in the names of the wards and areas of the hospital, which will be in place for years to come.

“In-patients on our current site at Leigh Infirmary had already suggested focusing on the town’s links with mining, and other suggestions we received supported this so it seemed to be an obvious choice.”

In-patients are expected to move to the adults’ building in autumn 2016, while the Later Life and Memory Service building aims to open early in 2017.

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