A care home in Birmingham is set to be turned into a new 32-bed mental health hospital.
Kings Norton Hospital is scheduled to open at the site of Oakleaf Nursing Home in Wharf Road in September.
The brand new service will treat men and women with acute mental health needs and is expected to create up to 130 jobs.
Hospital bosses say the facility will provide a “safe and therapeutic environment” for patients, alongside treatment to help people recover from acute mental health challenges.
Active Care Group (ACG), which will operate the site, say the hospital is being set up in response to “rising demand” for adult mental health services in the Birmingham area.
In preparation for the opening, the company is now recruiting for a hospital director, to be announced by June.
Dr Amlan Basu, chief medical officer at ACG, said : “We are excited to announce our plans to open the new Kings Norton Hospital in Birmingham.
“The centre will help people with acute mental health needs to receive the support they need.
“The hospital will also add more than 100 new jobs in healthcare and support services to the community.
“ACG will work closely with the new hospital director to ensure the very best care for the people we look after, and I look forward to welcoming the many new team members who will be joining the hospital throughout the year.