Transforming acute inpatient mental health wards at Lincoln and Boston

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We are creating a new standard for acute mental health inpatient care in Lincoln and Boston. 

This £37 million programme enables us to create new ensuite bedrooms for patients at our inpatient mental health units. This will end the use of dormitory accommodation.

‘Building Together’ with our patients and carers

We are working with our patients and carers to help shape our services. We call this collaborative approach to the way we work ‘Building Together’.

We would like to hear from you, if:

  • you have experience of being on a mental health inpatient ward 
  • you are supporting someone as a carer

To join our ‘Building Together’ focus group or to find out more:


Telephone Engagement Team 07773206341.

Peter Hodgkinson Centre, Lincoln

Our new development

Our new development is to build two new acute inpatient wards at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre in Lincoln It is part of our focus to provide ensuite accommodation for all our patients. This will finally remove outdated shared dormitory wards across all our sites.

The new wards named:

  • Ellis (male)
  • Castle (female ward)

will replace the Conolly and Charlesworth wards at our existing premises on the Lincoln County Hospital site.

The two new 19 bed wards will provide separate ensuite accommodation for our patients. Patients will have ground floor access to a courtyard area for peace and quiet. The outdoor environment offers major benefits to our patients helping to support their recovery.

The design of the new wards has been shaped using feedback from patients, carers and staff as part of our ‘Building Together’ programme.


We're excited to say the external brickworks are almost complete and the scaffolding has started to come down. Internally, the underfloor heating has been installed and internal plastering and screeding of floors is underway. The next phase will be will be preparing the patient bedrooms and communal areas.

We’ve also now connected power to the building, so we are now on track for opening in April 2023.

We’re delighted to have welcomed some of our Experts by Experience as part of our Building Together focus group to see progress and to share how their feedback has been incorporated. They were so pleased with the amount of natural light going into the building and the large outside spaces.

Our ward staff are now starting to visit the site to get accustomed to facilities, layouts and new technology and we are planning for the smooth transition for service users into the new wards.


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Demolition of the old buildings on the Norton Lea site is now complete.

Over the past few months, we've been working with our Experts by Exprience and other stakeholders to see how we can make the most of the Norton Lea site. 

The main aim is for us to design and create a 19-bed mixed gender inpatient mental health facility for working age adults. This will mainly serve those who live to the East and South of Lincolnshire. 

It will be/have:

  • A new build of a 19 single bedroomed ward with ensuite facilities   
  • Dedicated areas for extra care and assessment
  • Direct access for patients to outdoor courtyards  
  • On site access to private, established green spaces 

Why are we doing this?

Our core aim is to provide services that are of outstanding quality and support people to live their best lives as part of their community. With this in mind, we want to:

  • Improve privacy and dignity standards for adult acute inpatients services by providing single ensuite bedrooms
  • Enable all our patients to have direct access to therapeutic outside spaces
  • Have Extra Care bedrooms which can be used flexibly as required. This will also help us be gender inclusive
  • Invest in the healthcare provision along the East Coast
  • Co-locate mental health support services  

Get involved

If you have any comments or would like to be involved in the development, please get intouch. 


Telephone 07773206341



Looking at site plans at Norton Lea in Boston Plans for new wards at the Peter Hodgkinson Centre, Lincoln PHC at Lincoln Hospital PHC at Lincoln Hospital Outside space at PHC - artist impression proposed bedroom at PHC

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