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£43m mental health unit to open in Aylesbury next month

An artist's impression of the Whiteleaf Centre in Bierton Road, Aylesbury

An artist's impression of the Whiteleaf Centre in Bierton Road, Aylesbury

Patients will be able to start using a new £43 million mental health centre in Aylesbury from the end of February, the NHS has said.

Aylesbury-based services currently being provided from the Tindal Centre, Cambridge House and the John Hampden Unit are moving into the new Whiteleaf Centre on the site of the old Manor Hospital in Bierton Road from February 25.

It was originally hoped the centre would open its doors in November 2013 but there have been delays.

The 80-bed building, run by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, will mean the closure of the nearby Tindal Centre and the John Hampden Unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

The trust took ownership of the site from building contractors Kier on January 17 and the commissioning phase is now underway.

The trust said in a statement: “The Whiteleaf Centre has been designed to provide a welcoming, spacious environment that supports patient recovery and wellbeing.

“It will provide both inpatient and outpatient facilities designed to the highest standard.”

The unit will have 40 beds allocated for the elderly and a further 40 for adults.

All of the rooms will have en suite facilities and exceed Department of Health standards.

There will also be 233 parking spaces and community and conference rooms available for the public to use.

 

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