Following representations from community organisations and Richmond Park and North Kingston MP Zac Goldsmith, the Government has announced a large capital investment of £11.1m in mental health for the Barnes Medical Centre.
It is expected that this investment will provide joined up services and vital emergency mental health services for the community.
The new healthcare facility will provide mental health outpatient services, alongside an extended range of general practice services, a range of other community services, and a wide range of community-based outpatient clinics. The development will enable a major shift of care from secondary care settings into community and general practice settings. The scheme will be part of a wider redevelopment of the whole Barnes Hospital site which will provide new housing and a community facility. The wider disposal of parts of the Barnes site not designated for health use be will for a mixture of residential housing and community uses, and the receipt will enable the upgrade of other mental health facilities in line with the plans set out by the South West London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.
This is part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to the NHS, with £760 million of investment announced today by the Secretary of State, in one of the biggest one-off capital investments in NHS services in the last decade. The investment is part of a wider plan to transform NHS services which underpins NHS England’s Five Year Forward View’s nationwide agenda to transform patient care by 2020.
The funding is in addition to around £600m already announced in July 2017 and at the Autumn Budget 2017 to the first 37 Schemes, which included £7.1mn for South West London & St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust Estate Modernisation which provide the majority of mental health services in Richmond and Kingston.
Zac Goldsmith MP said: “There is a clear need for more investment in mental health in this borough, and I am very pleased that the Government has heeded calls to invest in better services in our area. I will continue to push for mental health to receive the funding and attention it deserves.”
Cllr Meena Bond Champion for Mental Health fo Richmond Borough said:“I am delighted that the Government has awarded Richmond this money to invest on Mental Health. As a Council we have been prioritising the mental health needs of our residents and reevaluating how services are delivered . These funds will help achieve our objectives.”