A mental health hospital in Preston is closing its doors after a new unit opened in Blackpool.
Ribbleton Hospital - which has 28 mental health inpatient beds - has been providing care to seriously mentally ill elderly people since the 1980s.
Patients will be moved from the hospital in Miller Road today to a new facility in Blackpool called The Harbour, which is also run by Lancashire Care NHS Trust.
The hospital is expected to be fully closed by the end of March.
Today health chiefs at Lancashire Care said they are ‘exploring alternative uses for the building’.
The hospital has two mental health units. The Wordsworth Unit for people with Dementia and Grasmere Unit for people with mental health needs relating to older age.
Steve Jameson, director of Property Services at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “We recently opened a new state of the art inpatient mental health facility, The Harbour, in Blackpool to help us realise our vision of providing 21st century healthcare with wellbeing at its heart.
“The Harbour provides dedicated dementia wards with a more therapeutic environment for our patients with facilities suited to their needs and we are in the process of moving patients from Ribbleton Hospital to the purpose built facility.
“The community mental health teams who were previously based at Ribbleton Hospital have already relocated to Bickerstaffe House in Preston and the learning and organisation development suite has moved to a refurbished suite at the Minerva Centre, Preston.
“The Trust is currently exploring alternative uses for the building.”
The Harbour is a new 154 bed mental health hospital on Preston New Road just off junction four of the M55.