Described as “An integrated art scheme for a brand new £50 million mental health hospital development” Hopewood Park Hospital stands on the site of the former Ryhope General Hospital.
Replacing Cherry Knowle Hospital and South Tyneside General Hospital’s mental health wards, the purpose-built mental health hospital welcomed its first patients on 22 September 2014 and was officially opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO in November.
Built by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust as part of the NHS Trust’s £60 million Pride Project, Hopewood Park Hospital provides urgent care assessment and treatment, rehabilitation and psychiatric intensive care.
This ‘state of the art’ hospital also features a range of other services including a café, mental health act tribunal offices, a faith centre, a physical treatment suite, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and exercise therapy. Providing inpatient and outpatient facilities, the hospital was designed to promote a feeling of safe recovery.
The hospital’s Barton Centre, home to the Trust’s Initial Response Service and Crisis Treatment Teams, is named after Pilot Officer Cyril Joe Barton VC. Cyril was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for heroic actions which saved countless Ryhope lives’ by avoiding the village when crash landing his badly damaged Halifax bomber during a war time flying mission.