A major redevelopment of St John of God Richmond Hospital has started to transform the hospital into a 21st century campus for the provision of comprehensive, accessible and life-changing mental health care.
The redevelopment will feature:
- 112 private rooms (previously 88 beds in shared rooms)
- accommodation pavilions that are separate from treatment spaces to support clients to heal and recover
- a wellness centre containing a gym, an indoor pool and other essential facilities supporting physical and mental health
- preservation of the historic Belmont House, which will become central to the new campus design.
About the redevelopment
The hospital has a long history of caring for people experiencing mental ill-health. It was established in 1952 by the Brothers of St John of God to provide a safe place for men to receive care for mental illness, and was initially accommodated in the historic Belmont House.
Additions and changes over the years have seen the expansion of services to include treatment for alcohol and drug addictions in the 1970s, and the post-traumatic stress disorder program in 1994.
This investment is needed to ensure we continue to be a leading provider of mental health care and continue to support people to live their best life.
Last year, we spoke to our clients and their carers to understand how our services can be better designed to meet their mental health care needs. This information has informed our design and also guided our organisation’s mental health strategy.
Evidence-based design principles and processes are central to creating what will be a peaceful environment set in beautiful surroundings. The result will be a campus providing an atmosphere of sanctuary that inspires confidence and trust and promotes a sense of normality through excellent care.
The facilities are designed to help our clients to overcome the disconnection and isolation that comes with mental illness, and assist with reconnecting to family and friends.
The redevelopment has received planning approval and a builder appointed. Site works commenced in June 2022, with completion by 2024.
We will continue providing mental health care and treatment for inpatients, day patients and Medical Centre clients throughout construction.
All clients, their families and carers, as well as the wider community, will be kept informed about the progress of the redevelopment as it continues over the months and years ahead.
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