Refurbishment plans start on Wesham Hospital Rehabilitation Unit

The full refurbishment of a Fylde rehabilitation unit, which closed more than eight years ago, is underway.

By James Graves
Thursday, 4th February 2021, 7:00 am

The full refurbishment of a Fylde rehabilitation unit, which closed more than eight years ago, is underway.

Wesham Hospital Rehabilitation Unit, in Mowbreck Lane, is set to be reopened as a "community-facing rehabilitation service" after plans by Lancashire’s mental health trust were given the green light in August last year.

Building contractors have begun work there after moving construction units onto the car park.

How Wesham Rehabilitation Unit may look after it has been refurbished

Some of the key parts of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS foundation Trust planning application included single-storey extensions, additional car parking spaces, and new fencing.

The site has been the target of vandalism since shutting down, leaving it in need of renovation throughout, documents revealed.

A therapy garden and children’s visitor garden will be also created and the facility will provide accommodation for 28 patients and dozens of staff.

The unit closed as part of a £6 million savings review by the Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2011, after only being opened eleven years prior.

The hospital has been closed for more than eight years

The trust, which runs Blackpool Victoria Hospital, came under criticism for closing the rehabilitation centre without properly consulting the public.