Locals to have their say on health hub names

An artist's impression of the finished Atherleigh Park development
An artist's impression of the finished Atherleigh Park development

RESIDENTS are being asked to get their thinking caps on and come up with names for areas in a new multi-million pound mental health complex.

Health bosses want people to suggest names for wards, communal areas, offices and a cafe at the £40m Atherleigh Park facility being built on the former Leigh East amateur rugby league ground.

Work taking place at the Atherleigh Park development

Work taking place at the Atherleigh Park development

The 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is developing the 3.9-hectare site, which will be made up of two building providing services for adults suffering from mental health illnesses and dementia patients.

Simon Barber, 5 Boroughs chief executive, said: “Given its location in the heart of the Leigh East 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 involve local people from the beginning and welcome any ideas for naming 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 have already been thinking about this and have come up with themes around famous local people, Leigh local history and the town’s links with mining, so it would be worth bearing these in mind when considering your ideas.”

Ideas for names must be sent to the Trust by September 25, with the Atherleigh Park project’s board looking through the list of suggestions before making the final decision.

In-patients are expected to start moving into the adults building in autumn 2016, with the facilities for dementia patients and those suffering other memory-related conditions due to open early in 2017.

The Atherleigh Park development is just one of two massive projects set to transform the centre of Leigh, with Wigan Council also currently considering a planning application to turn Leigh Centurions’ old Hilton Park ground into a residential village for older people.

To suggest names for areas at Atherleigh Park, email atherleighpark@5bp.nhs.uk or tweet suggestions @5boroughsnhs

To follow the progress of the development, follow @AtherleighPark on Instagram or search for posts using the hashtag #AtherleighPark on Twitter.