South Yorkshire Times January 17, 1959
Places for 200 to 300 Mental Patients
New £300,000 Hospital to be Built At Conisbrough
But Work is Not Likely to Begin Before ’61 – ’62
Plans are under way for a new mental hospital to be built in the grounds of Crookhill Hall Estate, Conisbrough, and the present use of the Hallas a I tuberculosis sanatorium is to be discontinued.
The hospital, which will be designed to provide accommodation for between 200 and 300 patients. _ will probably cost in the region of £300,000. It will be used for long term patients, from the Doncaster, Rotherham and Mexborough areas.
A Sheffield Regional Hospital Board official told the “South Yorkshire Times” this week that the decisive factor in selecting the site had been regard for subsidence. Crookhill Hall estate, he said, was one of the very few sites in the district which was not , undermined — at least, not where the proposed hospital buildings would be.
The Board had been working for such a scheme for many years, mainly to relieve the overcrowding at Middlewood Hospital, Sheffield.
The proposed Crookhill Hall hospital would be the central link in three such schemes. The Board also planned psychiatric units for patients requiring short term treatment, at Doncaster Infirmary and at Oakwood Hall. Rotherham.
A Past Era
“We feel that the day of the old mental hospitals is now past, and that psychiatric treatment, as far as possible should be carried out in buildings attached to general hospitals,” he said.
The new hospital at Crookhill Hall is designed for those patients who need a longer period of rehabilitation.
In putting forward such a scheme the Hospital Board have, in part, anticipated the recommendations for South Yorkshire of the recent Royal Commission on mental health. Despite this, however, work on the hospital itself is not likely to begin before 1961 or ’62.