STRUCTURE: The foundation has suspended design work on its planned development of a new mental health inpatient hospital at Whyndyke Farm while commissioners carry out a review of mental health provision across the county.

A report to Blackpool council health overview and scrutiny committee said Lancashire’s five primary care trusts had convened a “technical assessment group to review the mental health inpatient provision across Lancashire Care’s area of service provision”.

The findings of this review “have the potential to affect the number of beds planned on the Whyndyke Farm site” so “detailed building design work” had been suspended, it continued.

It added: “There is no certainty until after the PCTs’ technical assessment group review that the building designs and number of beds planned will (or won’t) change.”